Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Trump supporter Myron Ebell, former vice-president Al Gore and UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed all have one thing in common – they have all just independently suggested that President Trump’s campaign climate agenda is on the verge of being defeated.
Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules
By Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON | Mon May 22, 2017 | 7:03am EDT
The man who led President Donald Trump’s transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations.
In closed-door remarks to members of the conservative Jefferson Institute in Virginia on April 18, a recording of which was obtained by Reuters, Ebell said Trump’s administration had made a series of missteps, including delays in appointing key EPA officials, that could hamper efforts to cut red tape for industry.
“This is an impending disaster for the Trump administration,” Ebell, a prominent climate change doubter, said in the recording provided to the Center for Media and Democracy and shared with Reuters.
Al Gore thinks the climate movement has defeated President Trump;
Trump may surprise on climate change: Gore
Published: 3:10 pm, Tuesday, 23 May 2017
US President Donald Trump may ‘surprise’ people when it comes to acting on climate change, says former vice president and environmental crusader Al Gore.
A decade after his award-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Gore is back at Cannes Film Festival with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which follows him to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
President Trump has vowed to quit the Paris Agreement which came out of the 2015 conference and aims to see an international reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
‘I do believe there is a better than even chance that (Trump) will surprise many by keeping the US in the Paris Agreement, I don’t know that he will but there’s a chance he will,’ Gore said on the sidelines at Cannes on Monday.
The UN think they have President Trump on the run;
Trump treading water over climate change deal, says deputy UN chief
Amina Mohammed says president seems to be avoiding making decision on whether US will renege on historic agreement
The UN’s deputy secretary general has accused President Donald Trump of “treading water” over a decision on the future of the Paris climate change agreement, on which the fate of millions of people depend.
Amina Mohammed told the Guardian she was hopeful the US would not renege on the deal signed last year, but that Trump appeared to be avoiding a public declaration after taking such a hard line during his campaign for the White House.
Trump has previously described climate change as a hoax orchestrated by China. During his battle for the presidency against Hillary Clinton he vowed to “cancel” the historic agreement, which commits countries to ensuring that the average global temperature does not rise 2C above pre-industrial levels.
Since being elected Trump, who is on a world tour starting with a visit to Saudi Arabia, has delayed announcing his administration’s position, although it is widely believed he will be forced to make a statement at the G7 summit in Italy next weekend.
Tearing up the Paris Agreement is something President Trump could do with the stroke of a pen, as he has done with other Obama executive orders.
The continuation of the USA’s commitment to the Paris Agreement is a symbol of the swamp’s ongoing victory over President Trump’s reform agenda. My guess is Trump’s opponents, both within and outside the Republican Party, are leading the President on, promising cooperation in return for concessions – but drip feeding the President on fulfilling those promises.
This is how the swamp survives – they weather the storm, and do everything in their power to undermine, retard and destroy anyone who might stand in their path. They don’t have to defeat President Trump face to face, they just have to block him, to convince him to sit when he should be standing, to undermine his confidence, to convince the President’s supporters that there is no hope, that their trust and faith was misplaced. To convince Trump supporters to stay home on swamp day.
President Trump, you must take back the initiative. Tear up the Paris Agreement. Do something for all those hard working people in the heartlands who made the effort to vote for hope of a better life. Deliver them from the carbon pricing parasites.
What have you got to lose?