Friday, June 2, 2017

John Tamny, Senator Rand Paul Both Agree Trump Was Right In Getting U.S. Out of Paris Climate Boondoggle And the Extraordinary Nerve of the G-7




JOHN TAMNY OF FORBES AND REALCLEAR MARKETS is not President Trump's biggest fan on  many economic policies; however, on the subject of the US withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) he totally agrees and gives good reasons why.  Never mind that the PCA is another brick in the wall of a one world government ruled in Europe by global elitists---think Al Gore, George Soros, Goldman Sachs--- there are many compelling reasons this was a good move for the average American Joe here on Main Street.

Tamny writes at RealClearMarkets:

No fan of President Trump's anti-dollar, anti-trade and anti-immigration policies, he's 100% correct to reject pressure from G-7 members to recommit the U.S. to the economy-sapping Paris climate agreement.  It's not just that staying the course would commit the U.S. to slower growth, all based on a theory that says economic progress is bad for planet earth.  The bigger story is that the same G-7 countries guilting Trump about Paris have revealed no remorse about not living up to their NATO spending pledges that largely protect Europe, not to mention how they've all blatantly trampled on Maastricht.  The Europeans want Trump to walk the plank on Paris so that they don't have to.  He shouldn't give in.  

An article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about the European leg of President Trump’s first foreign trip came with a “Leaders Confront U.S. on Russia, Climate” headline.  In particular, non-U.S. G-7 leaders are all strongly in favor of the 2015 Paris climate agreement that would require participating countries to limit carbon emissions, among other restraints on economic activity.  Trump disagrees, thus the confrontation, owing to his correct belief that the climate deal would prove a barrier to economic growth. 
That Trump was in opposition to the other G-7 members apparently led to some tense discussion about the U.S.’s desire to exit commitments made during the presidency of Barack Obama. German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that opinions expressed about the withering climate accord “were exchanged very intensively.”  
Ok, but Merkel and other G-7 leaders disappointed in the 45th president have no leg to stand on, and certainly aren’t in the position to confront any U.S. president.  Trump should make this plain without an ounce of regret.  The latter would be true even if the Paris accord were a credible answer to the theory that says economic progress is a major threat to our existence. 
Indeed, the Europeans talk a big game about the importance of commitments, and of how the alleged fight to save the earth “has to be a collective effort,” but they’ve shown no remorse about their own persistent failure to honor their NATO spending pledges.  Translated, they expect the United States to weaken its economy based on an unproven, but rather expensive theory about the effects of climate change, but when it comes to living up to a longstanding agreement among NATO members to share the costs of a mutual defense shield, they’ll let the U.S. foot the bill. 
More interesting here is that in their desperation to keep the U.S. in the Paris fold, Merkel and others are implicitly saying that any agreement made among leading western European countries without the U.S. isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.  With good reason.  Consider non-NATO treaties like Maastricht, in which EU nations agreed to limit their deficit spending so that their debt/GDP ratios would always stay below 60%.  Woops.  As of 2015, Germany (74.4%), France (89.6%), and Italy (122.3%) were all well above what the G-7 countries committed to when they signed the treaty that led to the euro.  As for their commitment to requiring euro member states to individually handle their debts, it too went out the window given the fear among EU members about what debt default would do to certain large banks. 
Back to NATO, the European leaders so eager to guilt Trump into a climate commitment not his own have once again shown no commensurate guilt about their own safety being a function of U.S. taxpayers and legislators regularly living up to commitments that they haven’t lived up to.  This is particularly galling when we remember that NATO’s mutual defense shield arguably has very little to do with U.S. safety.  Lest we forget, the U.S. already has the strongest military in the world, and it’s also quite far from the world’s trouble spots.  In short, the U.S. has long stuck to an agreement that weakens it economically, and that has little to nothing to do with its ongoing existence.  Would Americans feel any less secure absent this pricey post-WWII arrangement?  At the same time, could NATO survive and would Europeans still feel secure sans American support that gives NATO global relevance?
The answer to the previous question explains why the Paris agreement will lose all meaning and relevance if the U.S. backs out.  We know this given the historical truth that non-U.S. G-7 nations speak with a forked tongue.  They might talk grandly about honoring commitments, but their actions invariably belie their lofty rhetoric.  Just as they’ve done with NATO, or with their own inter-
European treaties, they want the U.S. to abide the Paris agreement so that they don’t have to. 

Then there's Rand Paul's continued opinion on the PCA



Tregonsee said...

Some are complaining that he did not address the deeply flawed "science" underpinning the Paris Treaty. Fair enough, but since the Treaty is a political and economic document, a superb statement based on both was the right way to go.

The next step is to deal with the "97% of climate scientists agree..." meme, which is much, much harder to deal with in a sound bite. BTW, the actual number is less than 50%, and almost daily you see refereed papers in leading journals which discretely* show that this or that "proof" of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming is nothing of the kind.

*Discretely because of the attacks which an overt refutation brings down on scholars, and their funding.

Webutante said...

Yes, Treg, there is power in liberal numbers and anyone who demurs is shown the door and called a traitor. All this nonsense is a cult religion.