Wednesday 20th of June 2018

paris, not his amour...


The negotiations leading up to the Paris climate accord involved years of delicate diplomacy and thousands of voices offering guidance. President Donald Trump's handling of the decision to leave was the polar opposite.

Despite claiming that he's been "hearing from a lot of people," Trump doesn't appear to have any more detailed knowledge of climate change or the 2015 deal now than when he first pledged to cancel it on the campaign trail. The "lots of people" he's heard from include a disproportionate number of climate change deniers, even though there are far more leaders in industry and on both sides of the aisle advocating for the US to remain in the agreement. They have argued that the Paris deal is important to the US, not just for its environmental merits, but also so that the country is not excluded from the rest of the world, both economically and politically.

His months of hints and delays on a decision have drawn more than one comparison to The Bachelor reality show, but one with the highest of stakes. He recently went to the strongest US allies at the G-7 without a clear answer, leading the G-6 to isolate the US when it issued its communiqué that reaffirmed the agreement. As Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent noted, Trump’s nationalist case to exit Paris "does not allow space for recognition of what the Paris deal really is, which is constructive global engagement that serves America’s long term interests, as part of a system of mutually advantageous compromises."

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a costly decision...


The decision was a victory for Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, who spent months quietly making their case to the president about the dangers of the agreement. Inside the West Wing, the pair overcame intense opposition from other top aides, including Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

Ms. Trump, in particular, fought to make sure that her father heard from people supportive of the agreement, setting up calls and meetings with world leaders, corporate executives and others. But by Thursday, aides who pushed to remain part of the agreement were disconsolate, and it was Mr. Pruitt whom the president brought up for victory remarks at the Rose Garden event.

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trumble was there first, wadding in the mud...

Our own Turnbull ("Trumble" for his YameriKan friends) was ahead of Trump in the process of telling the planet to get stuffed. At least Trump is honest about his stupid decision. He tells it straight: no deal. He wants to save the job of a few miners (which it won't) and make a few rich coal barons richer (which it will). No lies. That he believes that this will make "YameriKa great again" is a matter for his intestines to digest.

On the underside of this troubled planet, in Orstraya, "Trumble" and his team of incompetents Frydenbergs, splurt all the right "environmental" blah blah blah (you know: "Kommitment" to the Paris accord, blah blah blah... we're saving the planet, blah blah blah...) while promoting King Kong Koal as "clean coal" which is a BIG CON. An expensive CON that will frydenberg the planet some more, under pretences of "energy security"... 

ah... contradiction of the reactionary youth...


WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her.

So she provoked him back.

When the teacher, James Sutter, ascribed the recent warming of the Earth to heat-trapping gases released by burning fossil fuels like the coal her father had once mined, she asserted that it could be a result of other, natural causes.

When he described the flooding, droughts and fierce storms that scientists predict within the century if such carbon emissions are not sharply reduced, she challenged him to prove it. “Scientists are wrong all the time,” she said with a shrug, echoing those celebrating President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

When Mr. Sutter lamented that information about climate change had been removed from the White House website after Mr. Trump’s inauguration, she rolled her eyes.

“It’s his website,” she said.

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gourmet gourmand...


not drinking enough...


D'Antonio, who revealed that he had been contacted by officials within the French government prior to Macron's election win concerning the US president's bizarre hand-shaking habits, stated that Trump wanted to "halt the little stroll" he and the French president were having, possibly due to his ill health, according to Rawstory.

"I've noted in recent weeks that he doesn't seem as vigorous," suggested D'Antonio, who added that Trump "doesn't seem as steady on his feet."

During the US president's meeting with Macron, Trump walked about 10 steps with the French president and stopped, ostensibly to make a verbal point.

"When [Trump is] walking with someone he'll pause often to point out something or chat, but I also think he may be steadying himself," asserted the professional presidential observer.

Trump, while eschewing alcohol, is known to refute the value of physical exercise, sleep little and consume a high percentage of cheap American fast food in his diet.

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