There is not a lot I can add about Trump’s decision to exit from the Paris Accord; the deed is done, and assuming Trump survives in his Presidency, it will be likely be accomplished. In the interim however, the world-wide reaction is likely to be profound, and the cost to the US immense.
There is, however, still some continuing argument to be made for the advantages of the withdrawal. It potentially promotes much greater cooperation on the part of the other countries, and it further justifies a continuing anti-Trump movement, hopefully (and perhaps quickly) leading to empeachment.
As well, the Paris Accord per se was not a particularly good agreement, with too many loopholes and too little action. It is perhaps possible that the rest of the world will now take a stronger stand, and be more committed to urgent action. But it is a wait-and-see process; I will not hold my breath waiting.
And it also demonstrates the sad state of our culture that what was almost inconceivable has now occurred, both the election of Donald Trump itself, and the ensuing decisions that will shake the American and the world economy in major ways.
Other interesting links follow:
More on Donald Trump
Why Orwell’s ‘1984’ matters so much now (20170125)
Turns out the Trump era isn’t ‘1984.’ It’s ‘King Lear.’ (20170528)
Likely an accurate metaphor for the Trump era.
President Trump’s Epic Fail on Paris (20170601)
The deed is done; now we see the blowback.
Our Failing Ecology
Oil and plastic are choking the planet (20170525).
Excellent article on renewable alternatives.
Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money (20170525)
What is Universal Basic Income? A brief history. (20170525).
Having attended a TED talk on the advantages of Guaranteed Income, I have become a strong advocate. It potentially have major benefits in eliminating poverty, and promoting much better health and education as well as significant reduction of crime.
Ancestry.com is a scary thing (20170517.
Like many aspects of modern technology, the dark side is significant. There are many legal ramifactions, especially in the use of gene pools for further technological advances.