There is no doubt that the Paris Climate Accord is about everything but the climate or the environment.
Put simply, the United States does not need the Paris Accord to become environmentally friendly and neither do the countries that stick to the agreement need the United States to carry out what they see as their responsibility to ‘save us’ from armageddon.
The issue is that the Paris Climate Accord is not about the environment, it never was. It was and will continue to be about the largest transfer of US dollars from the middle class and the poor people in the United States to the rich in developing nations.
It is like a giant welfare program for the elites in Latin America, Asia and other regions of the world where leaders are serfs of the European and North American aristocracy.
The departure of the United States from the Paris agreement is the first great evidence that Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his country from the world, to take care of it before wasting money in subsidising corruption schemes in other countries.
An unprecedented withdrawal that has generated a storm of criticism, global outrage and demonstrations of protest but at the same time an unusual unity.
In Europe, the first thing the European Union has done is to stage a renewal of its strategic alliance with China, the world’s first polluting country, that incidentally will not comply with any emissions reductions or put up any money to ‘save us’ from doomsday.
Secondly, the European aristocracy has warned Washington that its pledge to the pact will not prevent it from negotiating directly with US states and companies engaged in the fight against climate change.
“We are convinced that the US decision to abandon the Paris agreement is a big mistake, bigger than not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol because Paris is fairer. But the fight against climate change and all research, innovation and technological progress will continue, with or without the United States,” said European Council President, Donald Tusk, at a joint press conference with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, after the 19th EU-China bilateral summit.
It has been a meeting dominated by good words but with less syntony than expected because of the divergences about the status of market economy that China claims to have within the framework of the WTO.
The challenge of Trump has forced Tusk, Juncker and Keqiang to leave their differences on trade, as in steel or human rights, to put the emphasis on what unites them. “The most important thing is what Li said last night, that we have to look for common points and not what divides us,” Tusk explained.
And the only thing that keeps them in the same vein today, besides multilateralism, is the so called fight against climate change.
“I am pleased to see that China agrees with our sadness over the unfortunate decision of the United States,” said the Luxembourg Christian Democrat not to mention that discrepancies over free trade and steel have prevented passage of the declaration on climate change and clean energy Negotiated in the last weeks, according to confirmed sources of the Council.
Even so, Beijing has closed ranks with the EU. “There have been changes in the international situation and an increase in uncertainty and destabilizing factors.
“That is why it is important that relations between the EU and China are more stable,” Li said, aware that the decision of Donald Trump opens the door to a change of balances around the world.
But beyond working with China, India or developing countries, Brussels is clear that it will try to circumvent Trump’s refusal to the Paris agreement by negotiating directly those who want to get involved in the fight against global warming, even within the United States.
“We will establish a dialogue in the United States with all the actors who support ambitious climate policies,” says climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.
“States like California have very serious ambitions and policies. The US companies are going to generate clean energy and therefore also in the United States there will be efforts to reduce emissions,” he added just hours after Trump confirmed that the US would leave the agreement.
Brussels is aware that with a more committed and ambitious US administration, the battle against climate change would be easier, but they see the means – the Paris agreement, the mechanism, the national reduction contributions and the politics needed to face the “greatest challenge facing humanity”.
What they won’t have will be billions of US dollars that will not be taken from the US economy, which together with insane anti human policies enacted by the Paris agreement would have further weaken the American economy. Instead, Trump seeks to strengthen its infrastructure, politics and economy by carrying out negotiations in a bilateral manner.
Put simply, Trump wishes to make America great Again, to perhaps later occupy himself making the planet great again.
Meanwhile in Europe, Trump is criticised by globalist Macron who says that “all the scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and responsible citizens who are disappointed by the decision of the President of the United States” should work in French territory: “come and work here with us to find concrete solutions to protect the climate”.
Further away, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who called Trump’s decision a “brutal act”, has even advocated taking action against a possible “climate dumping” by the Americans.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed with much more restraint her anger but with equal firmness: “It is a regrettable decision and I express it very contained,” but “nothing will stop us,” she promised.