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The Paris Climate Agreement: A Case Study in Biden’s Mindless Return to Globalism

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Over the past 11 months, the American people have witnessed a jarring series of contrasts between the Biden and Trump administrations that have left many clamoring for a return to the Trump years. From soaring inflation and skyrocketing gas prices to open borders and botched foreign policy decisions, Americans are already tired of President Joe Biden less than a year into his administration. But perhaps nothing can better encapsulate the difference between the globalist policies of Biden administration and the ‘America First’ policymaking approach of the Trump administration than the controversial Paris Climate Agreement.

The Agreement, to which the United States became a signatory in April 2016 under the Obama administration, is an international treaty aimed at curbing global climate change and has yielded harsh criticism from many conservatives—primarily for being too one-sided and overtly detrimental to the economic interests of the United States. Reports have also shown the Agreement would do nothing to drastically cut carbon emissions or address other purported causes of climate change.

Former President Obama’s entry into the Agreement not only bypassed Congress and sidestepped the constitutional mechanisms for entering into treaties, but it also bound the United States to significant levels of carbon emission reductions within a 10-year timeframe, irrespective of what other countries, including our biggest economic adversaries, did—even though the U.S. was responsible for only five percent of global carbon emissions at the time. By signing the Paris Agreement, according to National Review, the United States was compelled to meet Obama’s target of “reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025”—an amount that would’ve had a devastating effect on American workers. The Agreement would have “cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades” and would have had, at best, a negligible effect on net global carbon emissions.

To meet the Agreement’s absurd targets, the Obama administration relied on its Clean Power Plan (CPP), which it described as having the potential to show “the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.” The CPP established carbon emissions limits on American power plants—a move that policy experts said could have yielded major economic setbacks. In particular, the CPP would’ve devastated the American coal industry, a sector that had already been hit hard by an overactive regulatory state in recent years.

Moreover, much like the Paris Agreement, the CPP likely would’ve had next to no effect on global temperatures. As the Cato Institute’s Chip Knappenberger said of the Plan, “even if the United States stopped emitting all CO2 now and going forward, it would only reduce emissions by 0.15 degrees Celsius—that’s all we have to work with.”

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own climate model emulator found that the CPP would “affect climate by less than two-hundredths of a degree Celsius by 2100, an amount so miniscule that it’s nearly impossible to measure.” The National Economic Research Associates also predicted that compliance with the CPP would cost the U.S. a whopping $479 billion—even while countries like China with significantly higher rates of emissions were allowed not only to continue, but to increase their emissions.

The CPP, which was drafted in a way similar to the Paris Agreement so as to avoid requiring Congressional consent, was not the only means by which Obama hindered the American economy in the name of environmentalism. The Obama EPA, consistent with its well-documented disregard for formal law-making processes, weaponized the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standard to attempt to require cars and light-duty trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2025—up from 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016—without consulting the Office of Management and Budget.

Trump’s reversal of the Paris Agreement, the Clean Power Plan, and the Obama CAFE Standard marked a sharp break from the left’s anti-energy policies, and contributed to lower energy costs throughout his presidency. “The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering an agreement that disadvantages the U.S., leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs and lower wages and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump said during his withdrawal announcement in June 2017. Notably, in the years since Trump withdrew from the Agreement, the U.S. still managed to reduce carbon emissions more than almost any other nation on Earth.

Unsurprisingly, however, on his first day in office, Joe Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and has since proposed “improved” fuel economy standards that could harm consumers in ways even more pronounced than during the Obama years. Is it any surprise that in a matter of just 11 months, Americans have been subjected to rapidly rising gas prices and increased energy costs?

If Joe Biden truly wants to escape the cascade of negative headlines that have come to define his early presidency, he has no choice but to abandon the globalist ideology championed by his former boss and return to a set of economic, environmental, and energy policies that serve the needs and interests of the American people. If not, the consequences—both for American families and the U.S. economy—will be painful indeed.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

They lecture BUT never live IE drive EVs, solar on homes etc A-Z
So its Bogus why do we pay vs China, Russia, India?
Make=
But I agree scrap treaty useless

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

The Paris Climate Agreement = the leaders of each country bring the money they taxed from their people to the conference and then divide the money up between themselves and put it into their personal bank accounts (without question off shore bank accounts) and then what do they do about Climate Change? Nothing other than tax their people for the money for next year.

Rodney Ernst
Rodney Ernst
2 years ago

The whole idea of this climate change fiasco is nothing but socialist ideology. First of all, God created the world and everything in it, and that includes the weather. We will never control the climate. It will go where its designed to. You cannot go and try to stop a tornado, hurricane, earthquake. Or whatever. When ever a volcano erupts, they spew vast amts. of gas, ash, and stuff in the air. How are you going to stop or control that. Also, this world as we know it is destined to be destroyed and a new earth made. God’s word even says so. You can pass all the laws, regulate what you want, but it’s not going to change anything.

Kellie
Kellie
2 years ago

United We Stand Biden We Fall

Bob Osgood
Bob Osgood
2 years ago

Clean energy is not clean, nor cheap. They want us to drive EVs, but those have to be plugged into something in order to recharge them. That grid is powered by fossil fuels for the most part. You might not be putting gas in your tank, but someone out there is burning a lot of fuel to allow you that charge. Also, those batteries are a dirty technology. Windmills are dirty tech, Solar is dirty tech. Just cause your hands are not on it, does not mean there is no damage done. Mostly it just confines us to never being able to use our resources effectively to compete on the world stage. Follow the money, ask… who does this benefit? Who owns those clean energy companies? I also hate that I am supposed to subsidize the person buying that vehicle by a tax break for them. If they are really the future, buy them with your own money!

Amacer
Amacer
2 years ago

Biden, to me, is the classic exemplar of a fake Christian. As he claims to be a Catholic (which is a red flag off the bat of his misguidedness), he supports abortion, giving the excuse that he doesn’t want to impose his faith on others; his actions, decisions, alignments … all are satanic. I fear what we will have become by the time his four-year term is over.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

I have known of people, a few, who could do almost no wrong. And then there is Joe Hidin’ Biden who can never do anything right…….. He is becoming a danger to the welfare of this Nation. If we have learned anything from the Biden disaster, I hope it is that the voting system is fixed so that it cannot be rigged in the future. Right now our Nation is in trouble. God, please bless America!!!

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

What amazes me is that after all Biden’s years in congress he still doesn’t understand how America works and what it stands for. He has never had an original idea that made sense – he is just another follower – not a leader. God help America.

Drue
Drue
2 years ago

Biden is just a loaded, loose cannon on a rolling deck of our ship of state. It is only a matter of time when he will go off and blow our country up. I fear for our future

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years ago

Have you ever read this garbage/ There is nothing specified in it and sort of leaves what happens to or with a country to be determined by others and the determination would be binding? And China is still claiming developing nation status. A Republican House and Senate could end this nonsense. And it should be a treaty that has to be ratified and NOT an agreement or accord as they like to call it, that only needs the signature of one person.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Recycled old communist song We shall command the wind and rain when to blow and when to fall I was only a wee one then had no idea that one day I will be in the glorious capitalist hell

Nick Patriot
Nick Patriot
2 years ago

its becoming increasingly clear with each passing day that Comrade Obama is running the country and Biden is just a buffoon figurehead. Obama’s seething hatred for America, Christianity and our way of life is the roadmap to destruction and hell on earth. Tell me, is there one thing Biden has done which Obama would do differently?

Ed D.
Ed D.
2 years ago

First of all, do not confuse pollution with climate. Second, carbon emissions are not a driver of climate.

BwaHa
BwaHa
2 years ago

We need to get biden out of office while we still have a country to save!

IMHO
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
2 years ago

….and thanks to the complacency of American Conservatives who voted the socialist liberal leftist into power, all because of “mean tweets”, or “Trump derangement Syndrome” there is not a damn thing anyone can do about it…..Thanks conservatives who have no backbone.


Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

The US is already meeting the standards. On the other hand, Russia, China, and India are given a long exemption even though they are creating much more pollution. As usual, Biden is an idiot!

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
2 years ago

Anyone who thinks Joe Biden is in charge of ANYTHING – even of Joe Biden himself – is delusional. This senile old fool usually doesn’t even know what planet he’s on. To think he is actually making any decisions beyond which of his socks he puts on first in the morning is absurd. He is a puppet on a string, a string being pulled most likely by Obama and Susan Rice, and perhaps some others, none of whom has this nation’s best interests in mind.

Art
Art
2 years ago

THE TITLE “MINDLESS” WORKS FOR ME.

Bob L.
Bob L.
2 years ago

The return to globalism is not mindless, it’s intentional and it’s not just Biden’s view on which way to go. The regime behind the curtain pulling sleepy Joe’s strings are the real power behind every unamerican thing being done since gaining power of all three branches last January. Yes, the Biden’s are bought and paid for with money coming through Russian and Red Chinese sources. Hunter is the go between with his dealings with both countries, as well as through the energy link in the Ukraine and his sleazy grossly overpriced “cash” sales of his paintings, an openly operated money laundering scam.

We are fighting an overwhelming foe, the globalist, who have had a more than a century head start on destroying this nation. Once they have instituted all the restraints they can inflict without outright rebellion, they will try to use whatever force necessary to crush any remaining resistance and insert the (former) U.S. into the global oligarchy. Our Constitution and especially our Bill of Rights will be no more, most likely removed from our history in a revised version of history to be fed to younger generations.

Zoe Frost
Zoe Frost
2 years ago

Paris Climate Agreement…almost as big a hoax as the lockdowns/masks that do buppkis against a virus c r a p. The “take” from countries buying into this globalist hoax has got to be hundreds of $billions…please someone, tell us what climate change mitigation has been done to date? Anybody?

President Trump wisely got us out of it, we saved hundreds of $billions, we still managed to lower our footprint, AND become energy independent. Those were days… when we were free, had jobs, opportunities, life was good under America FIRST/anti Commie, Peace through strength President Trump..

Fast forward to the FauXi/Com virus of opportunity…according to the originator of the virus, we were all going to die, except we weren’t but that didn’t stop the Dem Commie’s who got drunk on the power…lockdowns, masks, a stolen election, and the bullet train to totalitarian tyrannyHELL Day one of the fraud puppet’s rush to Communism/Globalism totalitarian hell, and we are back to being the ATM; the fraud puppet begs for Saudi oil as he fills his pockets with kickbacks.

Tell us, ChiCom/RussiaKickback TraitorJoe, with a little more time under your anti Constitution, anti freedoms and pro Globalist Destroy the Republic Great Reset, which one will it be…Amerikazuela, USSA, Commiemerika…what?

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
2 years ago

“Return ?” Surely you jest ! ! The ( D ) communists are CONTROLLED by the CFR ( globalists ) and Boy George Soros who has obammy on this puppet strings. Then comes the “queen of england” – Biden who LIKE the queen is merely a figurehead.

George
George
2 years ago

But there are no more mean tweets. Remember, President Trump was accused of not “being presidential.” I guess that means he was successful at the job.

Steven Coughlin
Steven Coughlin
2 years ago

I could go on and on about the sham of the eco nuts, but I’ll just quote the late, great Dr. Walter Williams, who referred to whacko environmentalists as “watermelons,” green on the outside and red on the inside.

Jim Jolly
Jim Jolly
2 years ago

Lets say thatvwe will abidevby the accord when China, building a new coal burning plant a week, and India start abiding. China is saying 20 years just in time for them to becoming the leading economy in the world. We can’t believe anything the CCP says anyway. Send the little scandinative girl to live over in China and see if she can convince the CCP to abide

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

The Green Weenie Climate Change nuts, err excuse me, I mean “Scientists” conveniently ignore the well known fact that the Earth has gone through cycles of warming and cooling for eons of time regardless of man’s activities! This whole green bag of tricks is about control and redistribution of wealth!

RC100
RC100
2 years ago

Unfortunately, what we are experiencing now is a kakistocracy. (Look it up…) This current administration is an example of all three definitions, rolled into one.
Okay…. here’s the definition:
A kakistocracy is a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century.
RC100

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 years ago

WE need a revolution now,not 2024. Kyle L.

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

The answer is MONEY, billions of dollars. There is money to be made by pushing fear (example: covid). The sky is falling. The remedies for climate change are the biggest snake oil sales pitch of all time. Look at the hypocricy of the climate “pushers” : flying in jets, selling books and lectures, living in homes 5 times the size of yours, driving gas guzzler cars. They are laughing all the way to the bank. The “scientists” that back them are getting huge grants and donations. We should all take care of the environment but we are being taken advantage of as this movement is making a mountain out of a pimple. Scientist are just as divided on this issue as they are on Covid but if you disagree with the “pushers” you are labeled uncaring or not informed.

Retired USN
Retired USN
2 years ago

Climate change? Yah, been going on since the earth was formed. Look up “Milankovitch Cycles”

Robert Rodine
Robert Rodine
2 years ago

I would very much like to see a list of all the countries who lead the World with their contribution to global contaminant emissions. After we have assurances of of participation by every country with greater contribution to contamination of the atmosphere than ours, then I might consider participating in this absurd exercise.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Every thinking human knows this is ALL about giving away America’s wealth to Communist nations.
There is no other reason for this.
F barack the jihadi mooslem.
F joe bidden the demented moron.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Fact is not a “downer”. Fact is Truth.

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