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Au revoir, Paris

With today’s announcement that the U.S. is pulling out of the the Paris Climate Agreement, it seems that the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency has won his greatest victory to date in advancing his mandate to destroy the environment.  Scott Pruitt warmly commended his commander in chief (whom he let open for him in his speech today) with these kind words:

America finally has a leader who answers only to the people — not to the special interests who have had their way for way too long. In everything you do, Mr. President, you’re fighting for the forgotten men and women across this country. You’re a champion for the hardworking citizens all across this land who just want a government that listens to them and represents their interest.

Which makes one wonder, which special interests and which citizens he’s referring to.  Recent polls show that the U.S. public overwhelmingly wants America to remain in the Paris agreement.  And, I’m pretty sure that the coal and oil lobby interests are as special as any other.  In fact, I think they’re probably having a very special celebration now that oil is flowing through the Keystone pipeline and protesters against it are being tracked down as ‘jihadists.’

America is now one of only three countries in the world that have rejected the Paris Accord.  The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.  One, they bombed a couple of decades ago and one they bombed a couple of months ago.  I hope these countries have short memories, because the U.S. is running out of friends.



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