Trump quits Paris climate accord

If I could curse on this website, I’d spout a streak of blue language. I’ve lived through a lot of conservative Presidents, but never one as thoroughly odious as Donald Trump. What the #$((&*^% just did is, according to CNN and multiple sources, decide to draw the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord Thursday, a major step that fulfills a campaign promise while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming.

The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto. Foreign leaders, business executives and Trump’s own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but being negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden.
“We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine,” he added.

But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election.

Still, Mr. Trump’s decision is a remarkable rebuke to fellow heads-of-state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff, all of whom failed this week to change Mr. Trump’s mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz.

It makes good on a campaign promise to “cancel” an agreement he repeatedly mocked and derided at rallies, saying it would kill American jobs. As president, he has moved rapidly to reverse Obama-era policies designed to allow the United States to meet its pollution-reduction targets as set under the agreement.

Just thank your lucky stars that you’re not living 200 years in the future, when morons like Trump will have wrecked the Earth in the interest of Mammon.


  1. Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    He just said, “protect our companies.”

    And he doesn’t get that the location of the meeting that drew up the agreement is not the beneficiary of such agreement. The guy is an ignoramus, speaking to ignoramuses.

  2. E C Siegel
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    America is no longer strong enough to survive Trump without significant damage to us. Trump says that the world is laughing at us because of our handling of international agreements. The world is laughing at us because Trump is our president.

    Would any non-citizen getting a US Ph.D. want to stay in the country for a post doc and an eventual job here? I doubt it.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      The world isn’t laughing at you. The world pretty much shares your horror. Whatever policies that American states decide to follow regarding climate change will affect the rest of the world in a very sizeable way.

      • zoolady
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, Grania!

    • jay
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      As someone whose girlfriend heads a lab that gets many non-US-citizen postdocs, I can assure you that many want to stay and work here permanently. Indeed the ones who are really good all want to stay here. As bad as things have gotten here, the US is still one of the best (or least bad) countries to be a scientist.

      • jay
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        Actually, come to think of it, she’s had a couple of good German postdocs who decided to pursue careers in select European countries. But, at least for now, the US is still an extremely attractive country for young scientists to start their careers.

      • E Siegel
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        I am glad to hear that. I was told that the non-US Cal Tech new Ph.D.s are looking outside the US, Canada and Europe.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      No one is laughing at US. Everyone is laughing at Trump. This is how a Swedish newspaper summed up his “Make US as small as possible” European tour:

      During his visit to Europe, President Donald Trump turned out to be about as incomprehensible as the image created by him in public in the last year. A self-centered, listless, superficial, confused and ignorant man.

      The frustration among European leaders is great after Trump’s trip. Trump does not seem to care. He does not listen. Nothing is taken in. He is not interested in relations between countries and the movements and goals of joint organizations. Global environmental policy, defined for goals and means in laboriously negotiated international agreements, does not mean anything to him. He came as a mystery and returned with only question marks left behind.

      [ ; through Google Translate and hand cleaned]

      Luckily it spur others to step up after Trumpbrexit. Trump made Germany, India and China great again!

      • alexander
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 1:41 am | Permalink

        Yes, being born with money, unlike many believe, doesn’t mean that you are born with a brain.

      • alexander
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 1:48 am | Permalink

        “He does not listen. Nothing is taken in. ”

        Yes, he did not put on the headphones when someone spoke in another language.

    • Posted June 2, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink

      Trump will likely be gone after one term. But who knows, maybe someone even worse will come in his wake.

      • Mike
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

        Pence ? in his own way is as bad.

    • Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I assure you, I am not laughing at you. I’m not even laughing at Trump much. Even the trivially stupid stuff like manhandling other presidents or writing tweets with nonsense words in them don’t seem so funny when you remember he is in charge of a nation with the power to wreak havoc throughout the World.

  3. GBJames
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    What a catastrophe our government has become.

  4. Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    For Drumpf, it’s all about the Deal — and, for him, a good Deal is one in which he gets everything and everybody else gets screwed.

    And, no — it’s not enough that he gets something good out of it; that everybody else gets screwed is an essential element of the Deal. No other-screwage, no Deal.

    The problem, of course, is that his foresight is as long as his foreskin. He can’t see how screwing others screws himself at least as bad — because Daddy always shoved this little prick into a full-body condom made of “financial advisors.”

    And, so, because he doesn’t realize that he, too, along with everybody else, including equally-shortsighted Republicans, lives in the environment, we’re all screwed.

    It’s the little boy proud of his smarts after wetting the bed. He saved himself the trip down the cold hallway to the bathroom, and the bed is now nice and warm, to boot! And it’s not his problem that Daddy has to yell at Nurse to change the sheets.



    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      “It’s the little boy proud of his smarts after wetting the bed. He saved himself the trip down the cold hallway to the bathroom, and the bed is now nice and warm, to boot! And it’s not his problem that Daddy has to yell at Nurse to change the sheets.”

      That may turn out to be the most accurate thing ever written about #45.

    • nicky
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      “…his foresight is as long as his foreskin”. I didn’t know he was circumcised…

  5. Patrick Orlando
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    So if America leaves then the reversing of climate change will not happen ?

    • GM
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      It makes absolutely no difference — what was agreed on in Paris was to continue business as usual.

      The only difference is that prior to Trump the US was paying lip service to the issue, now it’s in open denial.

      But words alone do not make much of a difference in terms of how much GHGs are emitted.

      • somer
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

        It will make the goals much harder. Russia has already indicated it isn’t particularly committed now. The more countries pull out or follow in word only the more others will be tempted to do the same or pull out entirely

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      The climate change will only happen to other countries.


      • Roger
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

        Donald “the hell with everyone else” Trump would be totally fine with that if it were true lol.

  6. GM
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Well, the other perspective on this is that Trump is saying openly what Obama was doing in secret.

    Anyone who actually understands the climate situation will tell you that the Paris agreement is essentially meaningless as it falls far short of what actually has to be done to save civilization.

    The difference between Trump and Obama is minuscule compared to the distance between either of the two and a realistic position on the issue.

    Unfortunately, the issue has become so politicized that even many of the climate scientists themselves are betraying science by playing political games and lying by omission.

    Kevin Anderson has been one of the few to say it as it is:

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      I think you are right that the Paris Accords are pretty useless in terms of actually doing anything about climate change. But it was process in place. A framework for future work.

      Now, do we start all over? With Trump at the helm? As insufficient as the PA is, it is a start. Test ban treaties on nuclear weapons were also thought to be toothless. But over time, because they established a framework for tackling the problem, progress (in some fashion) was made.

      • somer
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

        Exactly – its like the UN – flawed tho it is – is better than the wholesale state to state competition beforehand. Institutional Frameworks are a brake on opportunistic excesses

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately, I do not have time to listen to this, but maybe it elaborates on what I have heard before, which is that the Paris agreement would be too little too late even if it were studiously implemented. That is, the best we were planning to do is slow down the loss of our coastal cities and agricultural centers.

    • reasonshark
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. As bad as outright denial is, the fact remains that the vast majority of climate change policy is, and for decades has been, laughably underwhelming. If anything, the rate of emissions has actually gotten worse since any kind of collective talks even started. The oft-quoted “two degrees” target is now more a matter of political expediency than a matter of scientific feasibility; we’re well on our way towards the four-degree danger zone by the end of the century.

      It’s not even that hard to figure out why. Most major governments in developed nations basically serve big businesses and have done so since the crises of the 70s and 80s. And, since the biggest businesses are in the fossil fuel industry, you bet your bottom dollar there’s been virtually no progress since then.

      Trump simply reflects a strain of climate change (and science) denial that’s been festering outside scientific circles for years, even decades, especially but not exclusively among the politically far-right. It’s just that, unlike most of the rest of the developed world, he’s less subtle about it.

      But make no mistake: in the context of heel-dragging, uninterested, and even outright hostile and subversive attitudes towards the issue among the public and the politicians, this turn of events is barely a surprise.

      • alexander
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 1:52 am | Permalink

        “If anything, the rate of emissions has actually gotten worse since any kind of collective talks even started. ”

        The US has reduced carbon enissions from its maximum in 2007 with about 14 percent.

        • GM
          Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:34 am | Permalink

          US emissions are irrelevant, the only thing that matters is global emissions.

          • alexander
            Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:51 am | Permalink

            Well, are CO2 US emissions not an important part of global emissions?


            See also decrease US emissions, first graph from an official US source:


          • Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

            US emissions are an important part of global emissions. They are far from irrelevant.

            • GM
              Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

              OK, this is getting stupid.

              How exactly does infrared radiation distinguish between CO2/CH4/etc. molecules that were released in the US vs other such molecules generated elsewhere?

              US emissions have decreased because of deindustrailization and because of decreased living standards in the US (meaning less commuting and travelling). Deindustrailization means that the stuff that was produced in the US now is produced elsewhere (and the geographic origin of emissions got shifted accordingly). And the oil that is not used in the US is now used in China and India.

              This is how US emissions decreased.

              Spend at least a minute thinking about what that means before you post nonsense like this.

              • Alpha Neil
                Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

                And how would the US generated CO2/CH4/etc. molecules know they are irrelevant?

              • alexander
                Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

                ” And the oil that is not used in the US is now used in China and India.”

                Nonsense? Your argument is Trump logic.

              • GM
                Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


              • Alpha Neil
                Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

                Do you have any more recent data? The graph stops in 2009 in the depth of the great recession. I would expect us consumption to decline during an economic downturn so it seems a bit misleading. What’s important is if the economy recovered without a corresponding increase in carbon emissions.

      • GM
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:47 am | Permalink

        Most major governments in developed nations basically serve big businesses and have done so since the crises of the 70s and 80s. And, since the biggest businesses are in the fossil fuel industry, you bet your bottom dollar there’s been virtually no progress since then.

        It’s deeper than that though.

        The fossil fuel companies probably understand the situation better than the politicians — they understand things likes Peak Oil, it’s their business after all, and they also understand climate change better than, for example, your typical banker, because banks deal with phantom electronic wealth while the fossil fuel business is fundamentally rooted in the earth and planetary sciences.

        The more general problems are the following:

        1. Most of the people running the world have no scientific background and as a result they live in a fantasy world disconnected from reality in which the world is understood to be political in nature, economics is king and money is thought to be actual wealth. It is no wonder they do not perceive the situation to be as dire as it is — to them it is just another political negotiation to be made. So the scientists are telling us we need to cut emissions by such and such amount by such and such year? We’ll negotiate, and meet halfway (or more like a tenth of the way). That nature does not negotiate is incomprehensible to them because their worldview is not that of someone in the physical sciences.

        2. The socioeconomic structure of the world is such that it cannot be maintained except in conditions of perpetual growth. Now perpetual growth in a finite system is a physical impossibility, but as I said, most of the people running the show are too scientifically illiterate to understand even that so perpetual growth is what is being pursued at all costs. And even if they did understand, is it really possible to do something about it? Who is going to implement a global government, a global reduction in per capita material consumption, and a global reduction of population? The people would be against it, and nobody has the kind of power necessary to enforce these things. Also, if you publicly tell people that the civilization is doomed over the next century because of the combination of resource depletion and environmental degradation, they will probably panic and that might cause the whole thing to collapse very quickly…

        • Posted June 2, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

          Amongst all the usual anti Trump babble this is the best and most accurate post.
          Thank you for stating the obvious facts (no sarcasm intended)I am no President Trump supporter.
          Trump didn’t cause climate change all on his own, we all did and we have been doing it for generations and we will continue to do it even when it is too late, probably already is too late and even when it affects us individually what will we do?
          Babble on and blame somebody else?

  7. Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I’m confused. He makes you guys quit but for a new negotiation of the accord. Does he then recognize the reality of the human contribution to climate change but wants the US to have as good a deal as developing countries? And meanwhile open up coal mines?

  8. jwthomas
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s simple. The heads of the states that produce the majority of terrorists honored him like the potentate he thinks he is while western europeans dared to question his infallibility, and didn’t even have a magick globe he could play with. He had to get back at those who “laughed at” him while serving the interests of those who are murdering us. A small boy’s reaction.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      Trump has the id of an infant, and the ego of a truculent child — one whose only concern is the immediate moment, how to avoid blame for his misdeeds, how to claim credit where he is due none.

      The only shards of a superego he demonstrates can be found in his insistence that the lackeys around him (save Steve Bannon) always dress in formal business wear and in his squeamishness regarding women’s bodily functions (be it Megan Kelly’s bleeding wherever of Hillary’s taking a potty break during a debate).

      At least I think that would be Dr. Freud’s take on this neurotic jerk.

  9. docbill1351
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    It will take days to deconstruct all the lies, half-truths and outright misrepresentations in Trump’s remarks. Clearly, the speech was written for him because there’s no way he could write a full sentence. He read it well, though, even with all the “believe me” ad libs.

    However, it was very general with no real specifics. I had to laugh out loud when he announced the opening of a coal mine as if that would affect the economy one jot. He really is a simple-minded old fool.

    Pruitt, however, is the dangerous one. He’s smart enough to know better but greedy enough not to care. So what if he throws the entire country under the bus so long as he makes a $ billion for himself.

  10. Kevin
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I doubt anywhere in the Orange one’s calculation is the fact that a lot of American’s will remain a testament against him. On a personal level a sizable minority of Americans will chose greener vs. global warming. A select few but important companies will self-restrict their carbon output, where possible.

    Europe and most of the world can hate #45 but will find it harder to blame the entire nation.

    He continues to manifestly be one of the worst world leaders in history. Maybe that was his intention all along: the number one worst.

  11. Vaal
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I will never get used to this.

    • Kevin
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      A permanent albatross, hung around everyone’s necks. Weighing our very civilization down.

  12. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    We now join Syria and Nicaragua standing alone contra the semi-civilized world.

    This will sow more dissent among our old alliances. Trump’s daddy Vlad must be very happy.

    Thanks, Trump voters.

    • Mark
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:44 am | Permalink

      .. and the only reason Nicaragua didn’t sign was because they believed Paris was too little too late. So that leaves the US and Syria.

  13. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    There are so many reasons this is an effing stupid move I don’t know where to start.

    One thing’s for sure, it will have the opposite effect to what he says – it will lose jobs for several reasons, not gain them.

  14. Randy schenck
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Trump is reshaping a lost political party (republicans) and accelerated their trip backward to the 19th century. Get your job in a goal mine and maybe you can burn it in your backyard if you have one. Trump is everything that comes out of his mouth about others. He is a loser, a crook and he is stupid. All of those people out there who voted for this and who, in fact, still believe this is what they want will pay the price. The more progressive and modern parts of this country, such as California will ignore this guy and go their own way. Others will follow if they are not also stupid. The rest of the world will leave the U.S. behind.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      I should also mention – set your DVRs or whatever you need for next Thursday, 8 June, as that is the day that X-FBI director Comey will be testifying before the Senate committee in open session. This is as close to a Watergate moment that we have seen in more than 35 years.

      • E Siegel
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Trump can claim executive privilege & stop Comey testifying.

        • Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

          I rather hope he does. It’ll be an open admission of guilt. The Republicans in Congress could try to go along with it, but only if they want to guarantee that they’ll have their clocks cleaned in the midterms. Much more likely, it’ll prod them to reassert the power of the legislative branch.

          Paul Ryan has to be having wet dreams these days about how he’ll decorate the Oval Office. The instant he thinks he’s got enough political cover to start impeachment proceedings — that is, as soon as he thinks Drumpf has played out enough rope to hang himself — he’ll “regretfully” and “reluctantly” pull the trigger.

          And, you know what?

          Most Republicans in Congress these days are going to be thinking that their chances of implementing their legislative agenda would be a lot better with President Ryan than with Resident Drumpf.




          • Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

            Paul Ryan isn’t the next in line of succession. It’ll be President
            Pence for the remainder of this term and after that, hopefully, a Democrat.

            Furthermore, if Trump does get impeached, he’ll try to spin it as the establishment out to get him and his supporters may choose to punish the impeachers (the Republican congress) at the mid-terms.

            My prediction is that there will be no impeachment this side of the mid terms.

            • Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

              Pence is tied to the hip with Drumpf. If it comes to it, Drumpf will make damned sure of that — no way in Hell will Drumpf go down without a fight, and, if Pence doesn’t stay personally loyal to Drumpf, Drumpf will drag Pence to Hell with him.

              That leaves Ryan, who’s done all he can to distance himself from Drumpf without too badly pissing off the Drumpf base.



              • nicky
                Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

                If Trump is impeached he might just get rid of Pence and make someone like Hillary or Bernie his VP, just preventing the Senate from completing the job, now couldn’t he? 😊
                I always thought his choosing Pence was kind of an insurance ‘the Left’ would not get rid of him, but now it appears more ‘the Right’ threatening….

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      Randy – he indeed is a crook, stupid, and all of the other negative adjectives that accurately describe this mental and moral midget – but he is not a loser. At least in the eyes of millions of Americans, he is a winner – rich with all of the trappings thereof, a young looker for a wife, and lord help us, POTUS. He and his wealthy cronies are the real winners and the rest of us 320 million citizens are the losers.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        Stay Tuned. Plus, you do have a different definition of loser than I and I am sure you would admit he uses that word a great deal. The wife you refer to is his third. Would that not be a two time loser. Some of his rich cronies as you call them have already lost their jobs and there will be more. He has several bankruptcies, not always a winning way to go and frankly, you nor I have any idea how much money he has but I do not consider that a reflection of intelligence. I am not sure about others but personally, I do not see how I have lost anything.

        • Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

          I should have noted that I totally agree with you that Trump is a loser in every way you mention, and much more. I was simply trying to point out that for far too many Americans, Trump appears to be a big winner in various ways. This only speaks to the fact that all of those folks simply cannot discern what a scam artist he is.

          • Charles McCullough
            Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

            Trump’s supporters loved his anti-intellectual, hate-filled rhetoric during the campaign. He can get away with anything and still have support of his base, since bullies need instant gratification of hurting others and declaring themselves “the winner.” Throw in the evangelical anti-choice dimwits who will vote against any pro-choice candidate, and we are teetering on the edge of a turbulent cesspool of stupidity. Even though the PA needs much work (as mentioned above), leaving it may be just another way trump can ridicule and bully Obama, and attempt to perpetuate his “tough guy” act.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

          Trump made a big to-do over referring to Islamic terrorists “losers” — policy on national security conducted by school-yard taunt.

          Doesn’t that make us all feel safer?

  15. Denise
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    World leadership passes to others now.

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink


      • Denise
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        We will see. All I know is that the U.S. has ceded it.

      • RPGNo1
        Posted June 3, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

        No, the People’s Republic of China. Starting with President Xi Jinping.

    • mary
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      yes, Denise. I hope that other nations can hold things together until we can get back on our feet. What a shame. I am really starting to hate Trump, not just to pity him or laugh at him.

    • Mark
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:46 am | Permalink

      .. Id be looking at China. Trump has handed it to them on a plate

    • Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      I saw a photograph a few months ago of Angela Merkel and Donald Trump together. It was captioned “the leader of the free world meets ….

      …. the US President”.

  16. BJ
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I think he basically just wants to try to undo everything Obama did. He hates him, he knows his base hates him, so he loves doing these (awful) things.

  17. Adam M.
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    The US has always opposed any real action to stop global heating and has worked to water down any agreement it participated in. The Paris agreement was more of the same, so I don’t think there’s any real effect of leaving it. In fact, leaving the Paris agreement is a more honest position than pretending to agree but not doing anything whatsoever to implement it.

    But of course Trump is doing it because he’s an ignorant fool who hates the “Department of Environmental”. This doesn’t matter, but slashing regulations that protect air and water really sickens and kills people, and pisses me off…

  18. Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    A fuckwork orange.

    • nicky
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink


    • Mark R.
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      He needs the eye drops, the open-eye application and the ultra-violent films. What else will work?

  19. mfdempsey1946
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Whatever the inadequacies of the Paris Climate Agreement…

    however far short of what is needed that it falls…

    purely on the basis of what this action certifies about the despicable character of the Trump creature…

    this action of his qualifies as yet another “day that will live in infamy.”

  20. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    “If I could curse on this website …”

    Wait, what? Has there been a change in Da Roolz? Or do we remain free to share our thoughts in unexpurgated fashion?

    • nwalsh
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      No,but you have my permission to call him a prick.

      • Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Yes, but why? His is so small.

        …then again, it’s bigger than his…hands.

        And his brain.

        You may have a point. A small point, like Drumpf’s…but a point nonetheless.




        • kieran
          Posted June 2, 2017 at 5:48 am | Permalink

          Wait we can’t swear! As an Irish person what you call swearing is what we call punctuation.

  21. Historian
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Here is how the NYT puts it:

    “While Americans make up just over 4 percent of the world’s population, they are responsible for almost a third of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. China emits more carbon into the atmosphere today, but as our climate reporter Justin Gillis explains, the United States has a long head start on burning coal, oil and natural gas. Some said it was a moral imperative for the United States to stay in the Paris pact.
    But since Mr. Trump has decided to leave, other countries — especially the poorer ones — could consider doing the same. That could reverse years of hard-won progress on climate change.
    The United States will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries that are not a part of the Paris agreement.”

    The question remains as to how many of Trump’s army of doltish dupes will reconsider their support in light of these developments. I suspect very few will care enough to do anything as long as Trump feeds their fantasies about the state of the country and the world . We live in a country where half the country is too apathetic and ignorant to vote. Another quarter is consumed by bitterness and has fallen to the sway of the demagogue. The other quarter provides rational solutions, but is leaderless. As a result the future of the planet is in jeopardy as is the Pinker thesis.

  22. Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    If Syria and Nicaragua join the Paris agreement, then we will look extra-EXTRA bad.

    • Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      And Nicaragua didn’t join because they didn’t think it went far enough!

      • veroxitatis
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:05 am | Permalink

        And Assad has rather more on his mind perhaps.

  23. Susan Davies
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Trump has said that “climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China” and now he is saying he wants to “renegotiate the agreement”. If he thinks it’s a hoax, making climate change nonexistent, why does he want to renegotiate an agreement on something that does not exist? Surely he should just say “it’s a hoax, we’re leaving”? Nothing he does or says makes any sense (sorry to restate the obvious).

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      A recent story in Daily Kos says what I’ve believed for years-
      that Trump had NO real belief in the birther conspiracy theories: he just expressed them to pander to a certain base.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        Trump has no fixed beliefs, or even flexible ones for that matter, and certainly nothing like principles. His only interest is in whoring after fame and filthy lucre.

        Birtherism was just another scam to Trump, like Trump University or the Taj in Atlantic City.

  24. Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Trump had to pull out. If he didn’t, he would have pissed off the bulk of Republicans in Congress. And they are the only barrier to him being impeached.

  25. Mark R.
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    It won’t be immediate…actually it will take years to get out of the agreement. This issue will be on the ballot in 2018.

    I don’t think I’ve ever despised a person as much as this dipshit. It’s not healthy.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm | Permalink


      • Vaal
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        Every single time I see Trump open his mouth and words come out, it’s a fresh shock that this guy is the President Of The USA.

        • Merilee
          Posted June 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

          He’s an ignoranus: stoopid and an a-hole. Words fail…

        • Posted June 2, 2017 at 7:05 am | Permalink

          I listened to about 1/2 of his speech yesterday. He repeated himself many, many times (who writes this shit for him? Oh yeah, an ignoramus that knows Drumpf’s ignoramus base).

          I really annoyed me in an unhealthy way and reminded me of why I never listen to the lyin’, orange fool.

    • Charles McCullough
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      It is not healthful, and I have never despised my fellow country men/women (who voted for trump/pence and still fervently support him) like I unfortunately now do. The lies, ignorance, hate, anti-intellectualism, etc. are on full display. They chanted in Chicago in 1968 (Viet Nam War): “The whole world is watching.” However, this scenario is different and perhaps the “resistance” marches can provide some hope for thinking people.

  26. Randy schenck
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    To indicate how disgusted many in the country are with this guy and his decision on the Paris deal, recall in his speech today he said, he was looking out for Pittsburgh, not Paris. Soon after the major of Pittsburgh sent out a tweet, you are not looking out for us and we are for the Paris agreement.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      He also lost the district that Pittsburgh resides in to HC.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

        The good people of Pittsburgh recognize that Trump is a total jagoff.

        • Mark R.
          Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

          Thanks for the new word!

          • Charles McCullough
            Posted June 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

            “Jagoff” is Pittsburgh slang which has a broad application for any unsavory person. It probably originated in the 50’s, as I remember how commonly the term was used when I grew up in the Pittsburgh area. I recently saw this term used on another website, and was surprised at it’s longevity. Perfect response from Ken Kukec- Right on!

  27. Andrea Kenner
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    You science-y types ought to check out the Facebook video posted by Emannuel Macron. This is what WE in the U.S. should be doing!

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      That is great stuff. Just think, American artists use to go to France to paint. Now the scientists and engineers can go to France to keep working and innovate.

      • Craw
        Posted June 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

        The brain drain is going the other way and will continue to. No matter how a politician postures.

    • nicky
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Wonder if Elon Musk will heed that call😆😆😆

  28. W.Benson
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    The spoiled child has to upset a table to get attention.

  29. Dale Franzwa
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I watched this speech and heard some reactions afterwards on CNBC (NBC’s business channel). For what it’s worth, Trump never called global warming a hoax (despite his campaign remarks). In fact, he claimed to be in favor of protecting the climate (trying to mollify his critics, I suppose).

    While he mentioned coal mining, others stated that coal was dead. LNG and fracking are cheaper than mining coal.

    Many talked about states and cities stepping up their efforts on behalf of the environment. Obama put out a response to Trump mentioning this same thing.

    Quite a few industry leaders, including Elon Musk denounced Trump’s decision. Some of these leaders were oil company chief executives.

    John Kerry had a stinging rebuttal to Trump’s decision later that evening on CBS News.

    We’ll see how things go.

    • Posted June 2, 2017 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      Kerry also wire-brushed (wonderfully) der Drumpfenführer this morning in an interview on NPR.

  30. Rosmarie Maran
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    The vast majority of damage in the world is most probably not brought about by evil intentions but by mere stupidity.

  31. bric
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:07 am | Permalink

  32. alexander
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    This made my day!

  33. Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Here’s something I read today (in William Shirer’s 20th Century Journey, Vol. III, A Native’s Return that rings true about der Drumpfenführer today:

    Written in 1950 (on returning to the USA after some months in Europe):

    [I found the country] in a state of the worst intolerance I have ever known. The false and phony “super-patriots” are attempting under the guise of anticommunism to set up a thought-control in this country which sickens the heart of one like myself who lived through Nazi Germany. And the craven men who control American business, the advertisers who dominate our means of communication, newspapers, magazines, and especially radio, are surrendering to these bigots so completely, so abjectly, that if we are not careful we shall soon be committing most of the worst faults of the totalitarians whose way of life we claim to oppose.

  34. Tom
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    President Trump has guaranteed that Americas main competitors Ie. Europe Russia India and China will be at each others throats for the next few years. These four share the same huge landmass and pollution can easily spread from one to another. In Trumpthink bad blood in EurAsia means less chance of forming a challenging industrial bloc so the worse it gets the better it gets for Americas business community.
    By then President Trump will be long gone probably to Alaska to avoid the pollution down South.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Alaska, where he and Sarah Pee can have a meeting of idiocies…

  35. Posted June 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Tick, tock …

  36. uapsnu
    Posted June 8, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Donald Trump did not come from Hell but global warming suits him just fine.

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