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California Governor weighs in.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) ripped President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord Thursday, calling the president “misguided and insane.”

“Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course,” Brown said in a statement.

“California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field ready for battle.”


Three liberal states are teaming up to fight climate change in response to President Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

California, Washington and New York, which together account for a fifth of the country’s economy, say they’re committed to upholding the goals of Paris despite Trump’s pullout.

“The president has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said in a joint statement from himself and the other two states’ governors.

“I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy — not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.

The three states are already some of the most progressive in policies regarding greenhouse gas emissions and aim to lead the world on fighting climate change.


The 61 mayors who previously pledged to ignore President Donald Trump’s climate change policies have upped their commitment after he announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord: At least 61 cities are adopting the historic agreement themselves.

The group of mayors, who represent 36 million of Americans and some of the largest U.S. cities, outlined a plan to align with the other 194 nations that adopted the accord.


I wish California could/would secede.


Here is another reaction.

Trump blames China and India as part of his decision making process.


I am not quite sure who is on these Councils but another individual has departed.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that he’s stepping down from the White House Advisory Council following President Donald Trump’s Thursday announcement that he plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

“As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,” he tweeted.



Of course Bernie had something to say about this!


The Weather Channel’s home page greeted the news with every ounce of righteous outrage it deserved. Its top nine stories—the whole page, on a normal-sized screen—were all devoted to the topic. Two of them covered Trump’s announcement. The other seven methodically explained, in words, pictures, and hard data, exactly why it was so misguided, and why it matters so much.

On cable TV, the Weather Channel itself treated the news with similar gravity, if rather less drama, breaking from its regular programming to offer in-depth coverage and analysis of the climate news. Contrast that with the coverage on Fox News, which trotted out such noted climate experts as former UN Ambassador John Bolton and Rep. Mike Lee of Utah to pooh-pooh the Paris Agreement and downplay the threat that global warming poses.

The Weather Channel is hardly a bastion of left-wing activism: It’s based in Atlanta and caters to an older, conservative-leaning audience. But the network has concluded that climate change poses a threat that transcends partisan politics. Accordingly, its coverage on Thursday was not explicitly political. Rather, its stories illustrating the damage climate change is poised to wreak—and, in many cases, is already wreaking—amounted to a potent, science-based refutation of the notion that the threat is overstated, far-off, or hypothetical. They include a stirring feature on a doomed New England wilderness; news stories on California’s already-receding coastline and the stunning, imminent crack-up of an Antarctic ice sheet; and an analysis of how the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement is likely to worsen all of these problems and more.



n a dramatic announcement from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Donald J. Trump pronounced the planet Earth a “loser” and vowed to make a better deal with a new planet.

“Earth is a terrible, very bad planet,” he told the White House press corps. “It’s maybe the worst planet in the solar system, and it’s far from the biggest.”

Trump blasted former President Barack Obama for signing deals that committed the United States to remain on the planet Earth indefinitely. “Obama is almost as big a loser as Earth,” Trump said. “If Obama was a planet, guess what planet he’d be? That’s right: Earth.”

When asked which planet he would make a new deal with, Trump offered few specifics, saying only, “The solar system has millions of terrific planets, and they’re all better than Earth, which is a sick, failing loser.”

Trump’s remarks drew a strong response from one of the United States’ NATO allies, Germany’s Angela Merkel. “I strongly support Donald Trump leaving the planet Earth,” she said.


Macron, in English:
Make the world great again.


From Robert Reich:

In his announcement today, Trump claimed the Paris accord would cost the U.S. 2.7 million jobs by 2025.

Absolute rubbish. Know the facts, and spread the truth.

1. The evidence Trump referenced is from the pro-business American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pure baloney. As its own authors wrote in a footnote, the research “does not take into account potential benefits from avoided emissions,” and “the study results are not a benefit-cost analysis of climate change.” (See:…/…/2017/03/170316-NERA-ACCF-Full-Report.pdf)

2. That study also assumes energy prices will stay the same in 2025 as they are today, even though the cost of renewable energy has been dropping rapidly.

3. Nor did the analysis take into account the potential health benefits, according to the study’s lead author, Sugandha D. Tuladhar. Nor positive job effects of slowing down sea-level rise.

4. Last year more than twice as many people were employed in the solar sector than in coal mining, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (See:…/2017%20US%20Energy%20and%20Jobs%20Repo…)
4. Between 2010 and 2016, solar grew by over 20 percent every year, according to the Energy Department finding. In many states, growth was even stronger.

5. The renewable energy sector today is not only creating more jobs than fossil fuels, but also has a larger “multiplier effect,” a measure of ancillary economic benefits, according to a recent economic analysis. Whereas $1 million spent on fossil fuels supports the equivalent of 2.6 full-time jobs, the same amount supports more than 7 jobs when spent on wind or solar energy.
Solar and wind energy,

6. in their current phase, wind and solar are more jobs-intensive than oil. The entire Keystone XL pipeline only takes about 50 workers to maintain, according to the company that created it. (See:…/article/pii/S026499931630709X)

To Trump, truth is relative and facts are an alternative. In the real world, truth is truth and facts are facts.


And more from Mr. Reich:

Other whoppers in Trump’s speech on withdrawing from the Paris accord:

1. “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.”

False. Under the Paris agreement, each country publicly declares how much it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what it will do to get there. In fact, China has actually taken steps to stop building coal plants. China has cut its use of coal three years in a row.

2. “Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree — think of that; this much — Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount.”

Misleading. Tackling climate problems depends on taking a series of incremental steps to reduce carbon emissions. Pulling out of the Paris agreement would require even bigger future reductions.

3. “At 1 percent growth, renewable sources of energy can meet some of our domestic demand. But at 3 or 4 percent growth, which I expect, we need all forms of available American energy, or our country will be at grave risk of brownouts and blackouts.”

Baloney. Economic growth stems from population growth and improvements in productivity. Neither of these factors will drive 3 percent or 4 percent growth in the U.S, regardless.

4. “India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours.”

Rubbish. The Paris accord doesn’t even mention the word coal, nor does it do anything to put a global moratorium on coal. Each signatory sets its own goals and has to report on its progress. India has committed to reduce emissions 33 to 35 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.

We have a president who will say anything. Anything.

Know the facts. Spread the truth.


US Climate Action Network Members React to Trump Paris Announcement

It a long list so I will only quote a few of them.

“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a crushing affront to Americans and a brutal blow to U.S. standing in the world. But let’s be sober about what really changes now. Even before Trump, and despite the best efforts of President Obama and John Kerry in Paris, this nation’s response was unconscionably weak and slow. Trump’s intransigence is a national disgrace, but it won’t weaken the resolve of American cities, states, companies, and communities committed to climate solutions. It won’t dissuade the rest of the world from moving forward. And it won’t stop the clean energy revolution. KC Golden, Senior Advisor, Climate Solutions and Interim Board Chair.

“Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is not conservative, it’s just boneheaded. President Reagan lead the world in addressing a global climate threat, ozone depletion, by pushing through the Montreal Protocol treaty, whereas Trump shrinks from such challenges. It is a stark contrast.” David Jenkins, President, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

“Perhaps no sector is more vulnerable to climate change than agriculture. The President’s decision to turn his back on global efforts to address climate change will hurt farmers in the U.S. and around the world. It is inexplicable and in willful denial of the urgent challenges already facing farmers and rural communities.” Ben Lilliston, Director of Climate Strategies, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


Trump Inc and his cohorts are truly disgusting about this major issue.


New York Daily News front page June 2 2017