If President Donald Trump merely pulls the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, it will be like cutting the head off a dandelion. It will look good for a while until equally bad agreements quickly grow back when a Democrat occupies the White House again.
Trump needs to dig up the roots of Paris—the 1992 U.N. climate treaty, formally titled the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—if he is to keep his campaign promise to “stop all payments of the United States tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.” And, contrary to popular opinion, the president can get out of the 1992 treaty without the approval of Congress.
Listen to International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director Tom Harris discuss this important topic with syndicated talk show host Lars Larson here or via the player above. This program was broadcast on over 100 radio stations across the U.S.
Update: It now appears that Trump may not even withdraw from Paris at all. Judging from the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s support of the climate alarmist Fairbanks Declaration on May 11, 2017, the administration appears to be testing the waters on climate change. Will American conservatives hold the president’s feet to the fire when he does the opposite to his pre-election promise or will they stay quiet? So far, with the notable exception of Marc Morano, publisher of the influential Washington DC-based Climatedepot.com, and a handful of others, they have mostly stayed quiet.
Unless this situation changes radically over the next couple of weeks, we can expect Trump to follow in the footsteps of former Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper who, for political expediency, cynically yielded to alarmism despite having campaigned against the scare. Because Canadian conservatives did not hold him to account, Harper stabbed his grass roots supporters in the back and changed sides in the climate debate after being elected.
Don’t say we Canucks didn’t warn you.