New York, California Should Stay In Paris Climate Agreement Says Expert Ed Norton

Climate warriors Norton and Di Caprio

Actor Ed Norton has proposed a brilliant idea to help make residents of New York and California poorer and even more heavily regulated than they are already: they should unilaterally declare independence from President Trump’s climate policies and remain in the UN Paris Agreement.

According to Hollywood Reporter:

Giving a Master class in Lodz, Poland, where Norton was due later Friday to be honored with a “Glocal Hero” award at the closing of the 7th edition of the Transatlantyk Film Festival, Norton said between them, New York and California represent the “third largest economy in the world.”

The commitment of those two states, along with a further “40 or 50” mayors and municipalities across the United States, would more than make up for the formal abandonment of the climate change treaty by the U.S. government, he said.

“The truth is that the citizens of the U.S do not need Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Accord,” the actor told an audience of more than 1,000 at a Masterclass hosted by the festival in the Grand Theater in Lodz.

The Sausage Party star is correct on one point. There is absolutely nothing to stop U.S. states or municipalities pretending that they are still in the Paris Climate Accord in order to make some kind of symbolic point about the planet. It’s not, after all, like anyone is going to be able to notice the difference: the agreement was never a binding one.

Other than that, though, very little of what Norton says makes sense.

For example:

Referring to mass protests across Poland over moves to replace the country’s independent judiciary with politically appointed judges, Norton added: “Talking about what is taking place in Poland today, we are at a moment when people are shocked about the apparent deconstruction of democratic principles, but we must remember that with technology and the network effect of the global community, it is much harder now for the political matrix to isolate people and control them.”

Norton, who is the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, added: “Whether it is individuals or cities or states, our capacity to create a shift through lots of determined local personal efforts, is real and it is actually happening.”

But nowhere have the “democratic principles” he admires been more roundly abused than in the field of climate science: activists in league with grant-troughing scientists, shyster politicians, and crony capitalist sharks have circumvented the democratic process by enabling international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations to pass swinging new environmental laws over which the populace of individual nation states have no say.

By quitting the Paris Agreement, President Trump was upholding democratic principles — not deconstructing them.

If California or New York — or anywhere else in the U.S. — wish to pursue more stringent environmental policies, they are free to do so. The only real constraint on their activities will be the tolerance of their voters — whose patience may well be strained once the consequences of such green virtue-signalling begin to take effect: higher energy bills; higher unemployment; reduced economic growth; reduced living standards; etc.

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    G

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    The name of Ed Norton seemed vaguely familiar until I recalled that was Jackie Gleason’s neighbor in The Honeymooners. Ed was a NYC sewer cleaner as I recall… At least he made an honest living back then.

    California gets what it deserves when they allow arrogant and spoiled Hollywood leftist elites call their shots.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Norton is only a expert in the minds of liberal pinheads and lie a day news reptiles he is just like Bill Nye a fake scientists and like Al Gore he isa con-man and like Leonardo DiCaprio a hypotcrite

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    Dave

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    Naturally, in important scientific matters, one would seek the council of a s**t for brains actor. You know, someone who makes their living by being good a pretending they are someone or something they are not.

    I think not.

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    Amber

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    California and New York are heading down the same rabbit hole as Ontario and several European countries that are ricocheting away from their foolish path of screwing their voters and economy .
    Too bad more of the politicians who caused the fuel poverty self induced uncompetitive green wash aren’t around long enough to fix the mess they created .
    Can’t wait to see the Ontario Liberals wiped out soon but the damage is long term .

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Ed Norton POW ZOOM TO THE MOON FOR THIS LOON

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Both states are run by the Dumb-O-Crats i live in California and Moonbeam is a total jerk along with the rest of our states goverment run by the Dumb-O-Crats and the dumb liberals who passed Ballot measures to protest a danerdous predator(Mountian Lions)make a chickens life better and supports legalizing dope and a makes the state a sanctary state

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    David Lewis

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    This sentence in the article points out the original plan of the climate change movement.

    “enabling international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations to pass swinging new environmental laws over which the populace of individual nation states have no say.”

    Maurice Strong, a Canadian billionaire, is considered by many to be the father of the climate change movement.

    He wrote the following, “The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental co-operation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of global environmental security.”

    What the European Union is doing and the United Nations is trying to do follows the above principle exactly.

    On another thought, it is interesting that Norton referred Poland, a nation that strongly opposes the European Union’s climate objective.

    Yet, another thought, it will probably be useful for New York and California to try to adhere to the Paris Agreement. Then right in our own nation we can see the “higher energy bills; higher unemployment; reduced economic growth; reduced living standards; etc.” We can see that right now by looking at the European Union, but those in charge of those two states are not smart enough to do so.

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