President Trump fulfilled one of his 竞选承诺 by withdrawing our country from last year’s Paris agreement on phasing out fossil-fuel energy production.
这是纯净的 美国第一 policy-making. The Paris agreement was a big favorite with globalists, in spite of the fact that it wasn’t actually very global.
Sure, all the important countries signed on to it, but not on equal terms. The U.S.A., in the person of Barack Obama, promised to reduce the U.S.A.’s carbon dioxide emissions by at least 26 percent over 15 years; China only promised that their emissions would stop rising by 2030 — having of course risen mightily in the meantime. [U.S., China formally enter climate change deal, CBS, September 3, 2016 ]
The fact that well-nigh every country has signed on to the agreement tells you, all by itself, that nobody much takes it seriously. Only Syria and Nicaragua have not signed. Syria is busy with other issues, and nobody knows or cares where Nicaragua is or what happens to the place, if it even is 一个地方。
When 195 of the world’s countries agree to something, without discord or rancor or the mobilization of troops, you can be sure it’s something of very little consequence to any of them. This is global-scale virtue signalling.
And as is the case with all virtue signalling, the Paris agreement, so far as it has any content at all, is anti-white. It places the heaviest obligations on prosperous, successful developed countries, which means mostly white countries.
(Apologies to the 日本语 和 韩国人, who, I would guess from some modest acquaintance with them, signed the agreement in a spirit of pure undiluted cynicism. And in case you’re wondering: Yes, 北朝鲜 is a signatory to the agreement too — a very telling index of the level of cynicism here.)
Setting aside the degree of sincerity with which the countries of the world have signed up to the Paris agreement, the agreement itself amounts to nothing much.
What, for example, would be the penalties against a country that broke its promises under the Paris Agreement? And who would enforce those penalties? Answers: Nothing and nobody. There is no enforcement mechanism.
In the particular case of the U.S.A., our signature to the agreement anyway has no force, as it’s not a treaty as defined in our Constitution. Article II, Section 2 of that blessed document specifies that the President, quote, “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make 条约, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur,” end quote. Obama never went through that little formality, 所以 协议 have no legal force in our country.[ The U.S. can’t quit the Paris climate agreement, because it never actually joined by Eugene Kontorovich, Washington Post, June 2, 2017]
So pretty much anything to do with the Paris agreement is just gestural. Our signing up to it was a gesture; our leaving it is a gesture. Neither act makes any difference to your life or mine.
President Trump’s pulling out of the agreement was at least, though, a gesture in the right direction. As I said, it was a gesture to his America First principle. As he said, quote: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” end quote. The Mayor of Pittsburgh grumbled that his citizens actually voted eighty percent for Mrs. Clinton. [ Mayor Peduto slams Trump for name-dropping Pittsburgh, by Adam Smelts, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 1, 2017] But that’s splitting hairs. President Trump 是 elected, and the American electorate in its collective wisdom elects a President to represent them all, including those who didn’t vote for the winning candidate.
Given what a nothingburger this all is, the reactions both at home and abroad to Trump’s announcement have been bizarrely disproportionate. Ex-President Obama 说过 Trump had “joined a small handful of nations that reject the future.”[Barack Obama’s statement on Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal: Read it in full, Independent, 1年2017月XNUMX日]
German Chancellorette Angela Merkel paused briefly from handing over her country 至 Muslim invaders to tell us that Trump, “can’t and won’t stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet.” [EU to bypass Trump administration after Paris climate agreement pullout, 监护人, June 2, 2017] A tabloid newspaper in her nation ran a front-page heading saying: Earth to Trump: [bleep] You!. That headline was of course in German, except for the bleep, which was 盎格鲁 - 撒克逊 … or in this case, I guess, just 撒克逊.
XNUMXD压花不锈钢板 中共, as represented by their propaganda outlet 环球时报, honked that “the selfishness and irresponsibility of the U.S.A. will be made clear to the world, crippling the country’s world leadership.” [Paris deal tests responsibility of Washington, Global Times (China) June 1, 2017] That is from a gang that has yet to apologize to its own citizens for having 谋杀 thirty million of them. 自私 and irresponsibility, right.
Liberals, globalists, and white ethnomasochists — what Chinese bloggers derisively call the 白座, the white left — were hyperventilating fit to burst. Showbiz airheads were of course to the fore. Victoria’s Secret bimbo Candice Swanepoel 感叹 that: “We are nothing without a healthy planet. Nothing.” [Victoria’s Secret Angel Gets Heated About The Climate Deal, by Ford Springer, SmokeRoom, June 1, 2017 ]
What, you never heard of Ms. Swanepoel? Me neither until this morning. She looks really nice in a spangled 比基尼泳装.
All the weeping and wailing demonstrates yet again, if it needed demonstrating yet again, that as religion has ebbed from the public life in advanced countries, politics has taken its place. The kind of passions that once fired up Arians and Athanasians, Protestants and Catholics, Premillennials 和 Postmillennials against each other, have been transferred to the political realm.
Those modules of the human mind that used to fix on the nature of the gods and the best way to appease them are now busy with matters of public policy, bringing to political issues the same excess of heat and deficit of light that religious passions once generated.
In this new schema, Global Warming is a sort of apocalypse or Judgement Day. Repent, you sinners! — the sinners in this case being civilized white folk. Repent!
Where Global Warming is concerned, I continue my refusal to be concerned. If there’s a problem, it’s a gradual one, and we’ll science our way out of it somehow, I’m sure.
That’s we, the civilized nations. Things might get dire for backward regions a few decades on, but things are likely going to get dire for them anyway, with resource depletion and uncontrolled population growth. We need to take care of ourselves, and if necessary practice 救生艇伦理.
The thing that mainly irks me about the Global Warming fuss is, in fact, that it directs our political energies 向 things we shouldn’t bother about and 远离 from pressing matters we 应该 bother about, and some of which we can actually change with some straightforward legislation.
I’m thinking mostly of course about
- mass immigration and the demographic transformation of Western countries.
But there are other issues, too, that warrant much more political attention than Global Warming:
- 还有的 fiscal problem of countries whose populations are aging;
- there is getting to a rational, cost-effective healthcare system;
- 有 rusting infrastructure;
- there is a swelling pool of citizens made unemployable by advances in automation and 人工智能。
In the list of things I want my politicians to work on, to come up with solutions for, Global Warming ranks about Number 49.
And then, in among that leading 48, there is