An Actual President Responds

June 02, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Climate

President Obama broke his silence yesterday after Trump’s idiotic spectacle in the Rose Garden; and it’s good:

“A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

“It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

“Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.

“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”

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19 Comments to “An Actual President Responds”

  1. Linda lester says:

    We miss President Obama ‘ s voice of reason. He is still presidential.

    When will same leadership return to our country?

  2. Important to note that Nicaragua objected because they felt the Paris Accords didn’t go far enough. So it’s pretty much Syria and us. The company you keep….

  3. Maymoon says:

    Deb I agree with that. I said yesterday it is not about a deal it is about doing the right thing for the earth. Nice to know most cities and states know about moving the earth in the right direction. Go Green!

  4. Thank you, Mr. President!

  5. JAKvirginia says:

    So… Trump made his decision. And did he do that after consulting with the National Academy of Science who’s HQ is 5 blocks down the street on Constitution Ave.? (It’s got the big Einstein statue out front.) No way, baby! According to reports he consulted with the brainiest person in the whole wide world, Fox “News” person Kimberly Guilfoyle! (Einstein being dead and all, where do you go? Amirite?)

    So our climate policy is in the hands of a “news” person angling to get a spokesmodel job at the WH. We’re all gonna die.

  6. JAKvirginia says:

    Oh, and Syria? It’s government has been in turmoil for some time and hasn’t gotten around to even consider the Paris Accord. So this stupidity is pretty much just U.S.

    #maga (sigh….)

  7. JAKvirginia, I love your reply. May I ‘borrow’ it for FB? With appropriate attribution, of course.

  8. After listening to Governor Jerry Brown last night, talking about California working with other nations to go forward in climate research, etc. – it was reassuring that we had a state (with an economy larger than most countries) bringing world attention to the fact that not all Americans are stupid.

    Trump abdicated world leadership to Germany and France. Maybe the next President could get it back.

    The California Senate just passed universal health care. In the meantime, Abbott and the Texas legislature are drooling and eating their own boogers. Sigh.

  9. publius bolonius says:

    Cheryl – that last sentence conjures quite an image.

  10. Larry from Colorado says:

    Complete sentences, coherent thought, proper grammar…What a difference.

  11. @Larry from Colorado

    Yep. Part of the vast left wing conspiracy to may Drumpf look bad and stall the greatness of his presidency.

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  12. tRump can’t stand it that President Obama is younger, smarter, more popular, and has more finesse in his little finger than he will ever be or have. He is trying to erase everything Obama accomplished, but he cannot erase our memories. People all over the world respect and like Obama, and that will never be said about the present White House occupant (WHO).

  13. It’s painfully obvious petty vindictive psycho Trump is taking spiteful revenge on everything Obama for being majestically and publicly ‘schooled’ by the uppity blah guy at the White House Correspondence Dinner awhile back.
    Lord have mercy on us all.

  14. It’s not just Obama– those Europeans wanted the Paris Accord too, so of course Donnie had to go and poop on it.

  15. Aggieland Liz says:

    AND better looking! At ANY time-very easy on the eyes our past prez! His lovely wife is a class act too, not merely a crass-oh never mind. Silly woman. Mrs Obama? NOT a silly woman at all. Miss them, and wish them all the best!!

  16. Lunargent says:

    I can’t wait for The Great Dealmaker to use his awesome negotiating skills on nearly 200 signatories. Many of whom hate his arrogant, infantile, entitled guts.

    Or maybe he’ll skip all the middlemen, and just try to strongarm Mother Nature. Yeah, that should work.

  17. Our country joined the Paris accord; Donald Trump’s country is leaving it. Or more aptly Trump’s ruling junta is leaving. It looks like a majority of OUR country is going to abide by the agreement.

    What are the odds they try to make it illegal for states and municipalities to engage in greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy practices? Anybody else think the current low price of oil is giving Putin and his oligarchs the fantods, or that the barking yam would hesitate to plant America’s face in the sh*tpile because they told him the accord was hurting their bottom line?

    The fossil fuel industries are dying because the world has moved on. To think this is going to “save” them and the jobs they provide is dumber than a thin coat of cheap paint, particularly when the jobs to replace those being lost are waiting in the burgeoning renewable energy industry.

  18. Tilphousia says:

    So let’s see, the clean energy companies are busy creating good jobs while fossil fuel is becoming fossilized. So which does the self-proclaimed “greatest deal maker of all time” support ? That’s right, the dying, job killing fossil fuel industry. No wonder he’s been bankrupt so often.

  19. That was a totally “gangsta” thing CJ did with the Paris Climate Accord. Will cease and desist for a bit. Just keep thinking “gangsta”. That is more than enough.