Post by Walt In Seattlle
The tweets cited, combined and and quoted below are blatant propaganda. As such, they illustrate that telling the truth is not of much importance to Donald Trump.
COP21 -- the Paris climate accord of 2015 -- accomplished NOTING MORE than to obtain nonbinding commitments from a large number of nations to reduce carbon emissions to certain levels. Each nation arbitrarily chose the levels to which they'd commit. The means for reducing emissions and any restrictions or taxes used to reach emission reduction goals were to be addressed in future yearss. France and French President Macron acted *INDEPENDENTLY*, that's to say WITHOUT a (non-existent) mandate from COP21, to implement fuel taxes from which France would create the means to reduce its carbon emissions. Any mistakes made in estimating whether the French economy, or segments of the French populatin, could tolerate Macron's tax plan or that of French government officials is HIS and/or that of France and HIS and/or that of Framce alone. Only now, at COP24, are nations deciding, or attempting to decide, HOW they will meet the goals to which they committed at COP21. ***See: https://psmag.com/environment/cop24-a-guide-to-this-years-global-climate-summit
President Trump, who says climate may be changing but will change back, claims to have made great strides in improving America's environment. This, of course, is not true. Thus, he provides no evidence to back his assertion. He also does not mention the cozy relationship Scott Pruitt and his successor, Andrew Wheeler at EPA, have had with major corporate polluters and neither does he address in tweets the specific regulations he has rolled back since he took office which were designed to protect air and water. For example,it's now much easier for operators of coal mines to decapitate mountains in order to access seams of coal while the debris from removing mountain tops chokes or destroys wetlands, streams, lakes or perhaps even rivers below. President Trump refers to coal as "clean coal", implying it can be burned cleanly in a commercially viable coal-fired power plant. That's ridiculous, as was proven by the Kemper Project a few years ago. The Trump Administration is halting CAFE standards updates that would make gas-powered vehicles more fuel-efficient and less polluting. President Trump's administration additionally will end subsidies for electic vehicles and renewable energy in the next few years. None of this qualifies as making great strides in improving America's environment!
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1070089365995642881 and https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1070089367224549377
On the notion of decreasing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, this EPA press release, along with President Trump's tweet below, is propaganda!
[President Donald J. Trump on 12-8-2018 at 9:22 AM PST] Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!
Here is the TRUTH!
Since the Obama Administration tightened emission standards on the burning of coal -- coal being the worst of all fossil fuels for pollution and carbon emissions when burned -- and electricity generation has been transitioning principally to cheaper as well as cleaner-burning natural gas while there has been a steady increase in use of renewable energy sources, carbon emissions have decreased. The rate of decrease has been dramatic until after President Trump took office, as data indicates. That there was any decrease at all in 2017 is a residual dividend from Obama Administration policies which President Trump could not end or reverse all at once or right away. The reate of decrease is slowing, however, because of President Trump's new energy and emission polcies that President Trump and his EPA have been rolling out where and when they can. A return to burning coal for generation of electricity, at a scale typical 10 or 15 years ago, would convert the decrease of carbon emissions alone to an INCREASE! But President Trump will try to do far more than revive coal to its former glory in generation of electricity.
How we move away from burning fossil fuels and reverse current levels of atmospheric CO2 is worth debating. It may be fair to say that French President Macron has not acted appropriately to reach a climate change mitigation goal. But, frankly, some hard choices are ahead and, if we human beings wish to survive while there is a chance we can substantially slow down the pace of climate change in regard to warming of Earth on the whole, we'll have to pay a price for that outcome.
It may already be too late to try and save ourselves; I certainly believe it probably is in context to the next 200 or 300 years. But maybe I'm too pessimistic. We won't know if we can or can't save ourselves unless we try. Trump and his ilk, who might follow him in succession, could otherwise lead us to our demise!