Trump : Political Genius

Last week, President Trump announced his plans to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement.  The Paris Agreement is an accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

Burning fossil fuels is responsible for 80% of the US’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for $1.4 trillion in spending per year.  However, it’s estimated that the US wastes about 30% of this energy, or $60 billion worth.  Apparently $4 trillion of US assets are at risk from global warming.

The effects of global warming are no longer hypothetical.  They are very real.  Sea levels are rising and erratic and extreme weather is more commonplace, displacing communities because of scarce resources which in turn causes economic, social and political turmoil.

It’s kind of a big deal, which is why 195 other countries have already signed up.

President Trump, though, on the surface at least didn’t see the need.  MIT officials have said that he badly misunderstood their research when he came up with this reasoning:

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 Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100.  Tiny, tiny amount.

And all of us lesser people put our heads in our hands and wondered how the Leader Of The Free World had failed to notice that a reduction in global temperature was not a catastrophic estimated rise in global temperatures of 5 Celsius, sparking a trend to push towards a greener and safer planet for everyone for generations.

President Trump appears to have, well, Trumped us all.  He’s played an incredibly astute game to Make America Great Again.  It’s so astute, none of us saw it coming.

The World Wildlife Organisation published news on 5th June that more than 1,000 US governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities will continue to pursue ambitious emissions reductions despite the lack of formality provided by the Trump Administration.

WWF Senior Vice President for Climate Change and Energy, Lou Leonard, said, “US leadership on climate change doesn’t begin or end in Washington.”

What Trump has done in formalising the US’ lack of formality around the agreement is to force those who know and those who want to to take ownership.  It’s a tremendous display of effective delegation, teamwork and empowerment while removing red tape to allow these people to work incredibly lean.  It forces those who can to take ownsership while allowing President Trump to deal with important terrorism and security issues and forge strong international relations via Twitter.

And to think that most people thought he was just being a tw*twaffle.

Everyone’s got a combination
If you put in the time
The numbers come like a revelation
You show me yours
I show you mine
And when you’re down, girl, you got to know this
Nobody else is in your room
We’ll make it through

Time is passing by
I still want you
Crime is on the rise
I still want you
Climate change is dead
I still want you
Nuclear distress
I still want you
The Earth is heating up
I still want you
Hurricanes and floods
I still want you
Even more than I did before

I used to think that I knew the big time
Before you came around
That I was up in the velvet gold man
And you put my feet back on the ground
A piece of mine has a lot to ask for
These silly days
But we got it made
Don’t let it fade

Still Want You by Brandon Flowers

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