U.S. pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement two days after causing a kerfuffle (a real word!) with the invented word covfefe. Here’s what Pulitzer-Prize-winning New Yorker contributor Elizabeth Kolbert has to say:
” To reach this decision, the President had to dismiss decades’ worth of research by the country’s most prestigious scientific organizations. He needed to resist pleas from the U.S.’s staunchest allies; ignore appeals from many of its largest corporations, including ExxonMobil; and disregard the counsel of his Secretary of State. All this for, well, what? To shore up his base on the coal-hugging right? Click for the entire commentary. (Our thanks to The New Yorker).
Our Disgraceful Exit from the Paris Accord The New York Times Editorial June 2 2017
But this much is clear now: Mr. Trump’s policies — the latest of which was his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change — have dismayed America’s allies, defied the wishes of much of the American business community he pretends to help, threatened America’s competitiveness as well as job growth in crucial industries and squandered what was left of America’s claim to leadership on an issue of global importance. Read the whole editorial
Bill McKibben’s op-ed in The New York Times June 2 2017
It’s a stupid and reckless decision — our nation’s dumbest act since launching the war in Iraq. But it’s not stupid and reckless in the normal way. Instead, it amounts to a thorough repudiation of two of the civilizing forces on our planet: diplomacy and science. Read the full op-ed
⇒Check out some climate science studies and information (real science) on climate change posted on the Green News Update Resources page.
⇒Earth to Washington: This is a true covfefe [translation: huge mistake]