Trump Exits Climate Pact: I Represent ‘Citizens of Pittsburgh, Not Paris’

President Donald Trump pulled out of the controversial Paris climate agreement on Thursday, saying the decision reflected a desire to give priority to Pittsburgh over Paris.

Trump decided to take bold action on withdrawing from the accord, which former President Barack Obama entered into during 2015, by adding no caveats from withdrawal, except to say he might renegotiate a new document after leaving the environmental regulatory agreement.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” said Trump, referring to steel mills in the city that would have been affected by the continued accord regulatory goals.

Trump framed the withdrawal as keeping a vow to protect workers and U.S. sovereignty.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers,” Trump said. “We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

Trump made a big show of the withdrawal, packing the White House Rose Garden with media, Cabinet members and dozens of young staffers.

Trump also trolled his critics a bit, adding a Marine band in the back, who played jazz music before Trump’s lengthy comments.

The sweet music likely won’t soothe the liberal rage. Reaction in Europe and Asia was already bad, and liberal billionaire Elon Musk said he was quitting Trump’s business councils of advisers.

At 4:20 p.m., environmental groups were still running ads on Washington TV stations, in favor of the Paris accord, almost one hour after Trump said he would exit the United States. The effort to influence Trump at the last-minute failed.

The withdrawal is a significant victory for Trump’s populist advisers, such as White House official Steve Bannon, who had been lobbying Trump to honor his 2016 campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris accord, which would cap carbon emissions and put heavy strain on power plants and automobile producers.

Tea Party Patriots thanked Trump for keeping the promise.

“[The Paris accord] is a drag on our economy and a bad deal for American workers,” said Jenny Beth Martin, president of Tea Party Patriots. “The requirements in the Paris accord agreed to by the Obama administration could cost our economy almost $3 trillion over the next several decades and have a catastrophic effect on American jobs.”

Read more at LifeZette

Trackback from your site.

Comments (5)

  • Avatar

    Amber

    |

    Obama sold out the USA by pushing a $Trillion dollar expense on tax payers without elected representatives vote because he knew there wasn’t a chance in hell they would agree to his incredibly stupid sell out .
    He will just have to make his money selling books and eating rubber chicken for $400,000 a pop . Good riddance and his non legacy .
    Next lets see how spying on other politicians and private citizens goes over .
    The Russian deflection strategy is about to implode . Just like the global warming fear industry .

    Reply

    • Avatar

      Sonnyhill

      |

      Time to savor victory.

      Reply

  • Avatar

    Spurwing Plover

    |

    Providing for the facts that the same liberal rag TIME was going on about Global Cooling and a New Ice Age back in the 1970’s just like it was going on about Global Warming in the 1990’s and into the 21st centery which just means you cant trust anything a liberal leftists rag like TIME prints just like when it insulted the WW II vets by a copy of IWO JIMA with a tree in place of a flag and with a green rather then red border

    Reply

  • Avatar

    David Lewis

    |

    Quote from article emphasis added, “Trump framed the withdrawal as keeping a vow to protect workers and U.S. SOVEREIGNTY.”

    In all of the issues regarding leaving the Paris Agreement we need to remember sovereignty. It seems as if there is an attitude that national sovereignty is a thing of the past. Angela Merkel of Germany said at the G7 summit that with the EU seven nations had endorsed the Paris Agreement, and one had not. My interpretation is she implied by majority rule the United States is obligated to go along. There is also the implication by others that since the rest of the world has bought into it, the United States is obligated to as well. We need to assert our sovereignty and do what is best for America.

    Reply

  • Avatar

    Spurwing Plover

    |

    I dont know if any of you ever saw Kevin Kosners box office flop WATERWORLD and watched him swim around dolphin style with dumb gills and webbed hands but he looked like a total baffoon

    Reply

Leave a comment