Paris Climate Pact Must Be Stopped


Constitution or not, President Obama created an exorbitant bill for U.S. taxpayers when he signed on to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Just as this article went to press, President Trump announced the U.S. has withdrawn from the agreement. “As of today,” stated Trump, “the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund, which is costing the United States a vast fortune.” 

By John Tiffany

Treaties, according to the Constitution (the supreme law of the land), are only to be ratified if approved first by the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama figured there was no way the Senate would approve the proposed Paris Global Climate Treaty, so he or his string-pullers decided to simply relabel it as the Global Climate Agreement and pretend an obvious treaty was not a treaty.

While campaigning for president, Donald Trump made some very important promises, one of which was to cancel Obama’s phony “ratification” of the global climate treaty. After being elected president, he has been under pressure from “greens” to back off on his promise.

Under Obama, the U.S. pledged $3 billion to the “Green Climate Fund” (GCF) in connection with the unconstitutional treaty or “agreement.” Of this, $1 billion was transferred before he left office. Trump’s budget sets out to block the rest.

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Trump stated: “I can say this—we want to be treated fairly. It’s not a fair situation, because [other countries] are paying virtually nothing, and we are paying massive amounts of money.”

Prior to the Paris summit, the so-called “richer” countries committed to mobilize $100 billion of climate finance by 2020. The GCF was set up with $10 billion of initial donations. China, for one, has contributed nothing to the GCF.

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Obama atrophied the Senate by making an end run around the Constitution. Trump now has the opportunity to make the Senate great again by canceling the illegal treaty and returning us to due process according to the rule book.

The climate deal itself is meaningless, wrote Oren Cass in Politico on Nov. 29, 2015.

“Emissions reductions are barely on the table at all,” he wrote. “Instead, the talks [were] rigged to ensure an agreement is reached, regardless of how little action countries plan to take.” In other words, the whole thing is a massive, devastating boondoggle.

The agreement would unfairly force the United States to reduce its carbon emissions, while allowing other countries to increase theirs.

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In any case, the whole thing would do “nothing to meaningfully decrease global temperatures,” says Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

According to a recent National Economic Research Associates Economic Consulting study, the Paris pact could obliterate $3 trillion of GDP, wipe out 6.5 million American jobs, and cut $7,000 in per capita household income in the U.S. by 2040. Just meeting the 2025 “goals” would wipe out 2.7 million jobs and cut U.S. GDP by $250 billion.

The Paris pact would seriously handicap America in the search for new sources of energy, while Russia is committing financial and military assets to developing the Arctic’s vast mineral deposits, including oil and gas, and China is also exploring and developing resources.

It is not enough and would be unwise to merely seek to renegotiate America’s role in this monstrosity. Trump’s best way forward is to repudiate the pact and insist it be submitted to the Senate, along with his recommendation that they do not ratify it.

If you agree, let Trump know right away how you feel.

John Tiffany is the editor of The Barnes Review history magazine.

8 Comments on Paris Climate Pact Must Be Stopped

  1. 99.9% of greenhouse gas is not man-made.
    96% of greenhouse gas is not co2.
    co2 doesn’t affect temperature; temperature affects co2 – by releasing it from the ocean.
    greenhouse gas stabilizes climate: greenhouse gas reduces severe weather; and without greenhouse gas, days would be 50c, and nights would drop below freezing.
    co2 is essential for all life on earth. without co2, all plants would die, followed by everything else. co2 is nearly as low as it has ever been in earth’s history – dangerously low. plants are struggling to survive; they require at least 4 times more co2 than we have right now.
    government lies to sell agw: they doctor temperature records; and the consensus polls are fake: zimmerman’s 97% is 77/10,000. cook’s 97% begins by excluding 66.4% of the sample who express no opinion; and then outright lies about the rest … ***in total, ONLY ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT of 11,944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 claim that “humans are the primary cause of recent global warming”!!!***

    ps, the ozone hole was a scam too.

    democrats are liars.

  2. They may want to spin this as Trump’s Climate Change Denial, but the reality of this “accord” is that is it bad for our country on its face whether or not the environment is at risk. Its goal is to punish prosperity in the West for anyone but the big banks.

  3. Our Congress has made itelf voluntarily irrelevlant since its Tonkin Gulf Resolution, While our Constitution stipulates that thr power to declare war lies only with the Congress, they have blithely ducked that responsibility through a variety ofuthorizations and fundings for armed conflicts and interventions by a succession of presidents. I am dead certain no declaration of war would have cleared Congress that had us blowing up things and killing people in Greece, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Iraq, Syria, and numerous unacknowledged conflicts. Before passing such a declaration, Congress would have debates, public input, setting of specific goals and objectives, rules of engagement, and public voting. Our founders foresaw this, and wrote the requirement into our Constitution. Neither Congress nor our president have chosen to adhere to it.

  4. China and India will lose their subsidization and their ostentatious hollow claims to “superpowerdom”, as no longer financed by the world’s largest sustainable true economy: the US. Chinese economic prowess is a fiction and a bubble. Official financial figures are labelled State secrets. China’s GDP figures among other economic figures are known to be CCP lies, as admitted numerous times by CCP members. China is a bubble, that is why Chinese are fleeing and dumping money in overpriced Western real-estate markets (ironically creating another bubble).
    It must be borne in mind Chinese do not own land, they lease it for 75 years from the CCP- as right to property is the sole right of CCP (Marxist economy remains the model economy- criticizing the bullshit of Marxism and Mao is a punishable offence.)
    China has been the biggest Wall Street pump and dump in history. No need to worry much vaunted “US debt to China”- when the Chinese inevitably engage in military action against ASEAN US allies (for the CCP lose stranglehold power)- US debt is nullified.

  5. Trump is right again. He really knows what to do to make America great again. God bless Trump and America .

  6. Eight years of Obama and his administration has been a total disaster for the USA. This nation has been almost totally derailed from being a Christian nation to being possibly worse than Sodom and Gomorrah!
    This “Paris Treaty” falsely named “Paris Accord” is another disaster left over from Obama’s totally illegal administration. I wonder what he was able to get in the “Accord” that benefits the LGBTQs of the world.

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