President Donald Trump has already lived up to a number of his campaign promises, but he made a huge move this week that should (again) prove that everyone who voted for him made the right decision. By pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump has shown his conservative detractors that they should spend less time worrying about his Twitter feed and more time thanking their lucky stars that Hillary Clinton is not in the White House.
Trump delivered a speech in the Rose Garden to announce the move on Thursday, and he did so with a surprising amount of grace and political savvy. While Democrats were running around claiming that this was the end of the world as we know it, Trump reached across the aisle and asked them to help his administration negotiate a better climate deal with the rest of the world.
“We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair,” he said. “If we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
Trump emphasized that the reasoning behind his decision had nothing to do with some imaginary overture to the fossil fuel industry and everything to do with protecting American jobs.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers,” Trump said.
Trump’s move was predictably attacked by liberals, but he drew a tremendous amount of praise from conservative groups like the Tea Party Patriots and the Heritage Foundation, both of whom released statements in the wake of the pullout.
“[The Paris Climate Agreement] is a drag on our economy and a bad deal for American workers,” said Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots. “The requirements in the Paris accord agreed to by the Obama administration could cost our economy almost $3 trillion over the next several decades and have a catastrophic effect on American jobs.”
“Withdrawal from the agreement marks a critical step in unraveling former President Obama’s destructive legacy,” said Hal Needham of Heritage Action. “Not only did Obama make this agreement without approval from Congress, but in doing so he handed more control of America’s energy to foreign officials.”
The first step in making America great again is to actually regain control over our own decisions. Trump went a long way towards realizing that future with this decision, and every American who works in the fossil fuel industry – or who owns a car or a central air conditioning system – should be glad he did.