We pulled out of the Paris Accord, a decision which may be the worst ever by any American president. No one but our Republican party fails to believe in the changing climate.

National Geographics map

The good news is that this pulling out on the part of the United States is not really going to change anything.

Coal is not coming back. We would all like the miners to have jobs, but they aren’t going to be digging a lot of coal. There’s a simple reason: coal isn’t clean and people don’t want to breathe it in or have it hanging in the air. They have been closing coal-burning power generators including two this week and this isn’t going to stop. Coal is dead. The miners really are going to have to find another way to earn a living. This has happened to many people including me and my son. The world changes and even miners are going to have to change with it.

Vehicles will continue to become more efficient. Slower than we’d like, but that was set in stone before this horrendous, almost mind-boggling decision. The army is deadly serious about dealing with climate change and they’ve got a big budget to use to work on it … and they will.

Map: Boston University

All the west and east coast states are deeply concerned — for obvious reasons. All have comprehensive plans to deal with reality and what Trump says will not change their intentions. No one is going back to pollution. Been there, done that. No thanks.

Corporations working towards being cleaner will continue to do so, regardless of what the First Asshole says. It will be years before we will be out of this accord. Since it never actually passed through the Senate, it really isn’t an accord, or at least not in any legal sense. It was an agreement designed loosely so the United States and other industrialized countries wouldn’t need to vote on it in order to agree to it. Which is also why Nicaragua didn’t sign on. Nicaragua felt the looseness of the agreement was too favorable for wealthy countries — and they were probably right.

So — practically speaking — nothing will change. Except that every other country in the world is laughing and sneering at us. It is embarrassing to be us. Humiliating and so incredibly, breathtakingly stupid.

And just this final note from Pittsburgh’s mayor:

Donald Trump: “I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Bill Peduto (Mayor of Pittsburgh): “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement “


  1. simonjkyte June 2, 2017 / 5:20 am

    Thing is – it is not just about climate is it? We have the opportunity to kick start all sorts of cleantech technologies right at the moment. US can prop up coal as long as it likes, it won’t prevent technology from eventually leaving that behind. And the result will be UK, Germany, Japan, many of the Middle eastern countries will be ready for the new paradigm but the US will be facing an awkward transition. Short termist

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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Which we ARE doing. Trump or not. This is where states as viable political units suddenly matter and where the huge corporations which already have massive amounts of money invested in clean energy matter even more. They aren’t going to stop their future plans because we have an idiot at the helm. Nor do they have to. Every state has sovereign rights as do corporations. The states rare exercise their rights because the Feds usually do it, but they CAN. Corporations do whatever they want anyhow.

      This may have some pretty interesting long-term results for the U.S. Supposedly, the Civil War was at least partly about the states keeping their sovereign rights. The south lost and since then, the Feds have done most of “the big stuff” rather than the states. This could move us back in the original direction of the nation. Very interesting. Going politically backward so we can move forward? What a kick in the ass that is!

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  2. lwbut June 2, 2017 / 5:39 am

    On behalf of ‘The Rest Of The World’ let me assure you… Donald Trump and his “leadership” of the US is NO laughing matter to us. We would agree he is indeed a joke, and a decidedly unfunny one but what he is doing or hopefully only trying to do, is decidedly serious stuff that can cause great harm for the entire world and not just the US.

    If any are laughing at the US it is the seriously uninformed who are not capable of influencing anyone of importance so you need not worry on that part… you have quite enough to worry about already! 😦

    Good luck!


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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:11 am

      The good news is that the individual states and many if not most corporations are moving ahead with countering pollution and eliminating the big polluting industries. The accord or lack is not going to change it because that’s the way the world IS going, Trump or not. A group of major U.S. corporations withdrew from Trump’s advisory boards because the decision was so incredibly wrong-headed, they couldn’t live with it … and these are people for whom money really IS everything, but even THEY see that this is just plain idiotic. Fortunately, little will change before an election comes around when hopefully, things WILL change. Meanwhile, we have a government that is moronic.

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      • lwbut June 3, 2017 / 1:01 am

        Agreed – heard last night that Elon Musk of Tesla Industries no longer cares to try to advise Trumpet and as you say many other corporations/states feel the same and understand the coming world and are not trying to take the world backwards but positioning themselves for the inevitable changes. There is some hope – despite the morons in charge.

        Personally i do not believe the Reps will support their ‘leader’ for much longer as the money starts moving against him and his dumb choices.



  3. quietblogster June 2, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Let’s use less plastic, eat more tofu and ride more bikes!


    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:07 am

      if we clean up our garbage, and work locally to bring down the big polluters, things will go the way they were always going. But we STILL look like morons.


  4. swo8 June 2, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Our Prime Minister signed the accord and still he’s agreed to build extensive pipelines for the “Tar Sands”.


    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:06 am

      That’s kind of the point. The signing or unsigning isn’t going to change much. The actual INTENT of the nation — or in this case, of the states — is the true asset. It’s just that the U.S. looks like a bunch of morons to the rest of the world.

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      • swo8 June 2, 2017 / 10:11 am

        I don’t think so Marilyn. There is a large number of businesses and influential people (Elon Musk) who are taking a strong stand contrary to Trump. Somehow, maybe his not signing has strengthened the movement. From our side, we signed but we’re all talk and no action.

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        • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:53 am

          I think it’s the way your country is organized. The U.S. was originally 13 separate countries loosely linked as a group. After the Revolution & the Constitution, the loosely linked states were more strongly bonded, but in the end, every state in this country actually HAS sovereign rights. They can’t withdraw from the nation as a whole, but they have a huge number of rights of their own that they have allowed to be used mostly by the Federal government. So this is a pretty weird thing, politically because we are marching politically back towards what we were in the beginning … so that we can more forward. This is going to have long-term implications.

          I don’t know how Canada has dealt with its provinces as unique sovereign “little countries.” And you haven’t had the kind of calamity we are having to make it necessary for states to come together. If this weren’t happening, everyone would just let the federal government “do its thing.” Crisis bring strange changes.

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          • swo8 June 2, 2017 / 12:33 pm

            There’s a lot of sovereignty within each province. At one point Quebec tried to separate. They had a referendum and lost by a very narrow vote. But there are trade restriction between provinces.


            • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 2:32 pm

              Well, I guess they need to get it together and realize their national government isn’t going to do what needs doing. It was certainly time for these United States to stop waiting for the feds to do it for them! Long overdue.

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  5. @sean June 2, 2017 / 10:42 am

    On a TV news interview, it was revealed that in the US, there are something like 175,000 gas/coal workers, but in the renewable industry (solar) there are 450,000 employed. Trumps job argument doesn’t hold water.

    Nonetheless, withdrawal from the Paris accord will take three years. Its not immediate. There is still time for the public to change his mind…


    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:47 am

      And Americans have to get it together with VOTING. The Democrats need to get their party in step with what people need. It wouldn’t hurt if the Republicans got their heads out of their asses either. I guess we’ll see, won’t we!

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    • simonjkyte June 2, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      the jobs may actually fall though as R&D intensity drops


      • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 2:34 pm

        I don’t think R & D intensity WILL drop. It’s all funded by corporations that see clean energy and the things that make it work as the next areas for industrial big money. We aren’t going to go backwards because Trump said so. The government is not funding this stuff. Private industry is where the money comes from.


        • simonjkyte June 2, 2017 / 2:35 pm

          No R&D intensity will drop as products develop – regardless


  6. Garry Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I’m still absorbing this. The immediate positive – as Marilyn has said — is that many states will do what they believe is the right thing and ignore the White House occupant.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Which legally, they could always have done … but never saw a need to do.


  7. slmret June 2, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I am very proud to live in California, which, along with New York and Washington, has led the way to continued action towards protecting the planet. Let 45 represent Pittsburgh — there’s a group of other representatives who represent me!

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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      New England is doing much the same thing as is Virginia. I think ALL the coastal states will be jumping on this bandwagon. California, though, has really come a VERY long way in a rather short time. I never would have believed it possible. Kudos!! By the way, the mayor of Pittsburgh strongly objected to that statement. He said: “You’re not representing MY city!”

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      • slmret June 2, 2017 / 2:37 pm

        I did see a list of several states that are joining n — it’s part of the states’ resistance! I did hear, too, the Mayor of Pittsburgh telling 45 that his city voted overwhelmingly for Clinton — when 45 made that comment, I thought it was rather gratuitous of him to leave out all but one city in the US!

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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      To be fair, I am not alone. I’ve seen several other articles pointing to the same stuff and there was at least one commentator on (I think) NBC Network last night that said something along the same lines. This is certainly a really good times for states to start to take the helm on issues that affect them rather than waiting for the feds to get around to it. So there IS some good in this. A lot of bad, but maybe a hint of something positive.

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      • slmret June 2, 2017 / 2:39 pm

        As with Climate Change, California is also taking a lead on immigration issues, refusing to go along with doing the work of the the Feds, and I’m sure there will be others along the way!


        • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 4:35 pm

          New York and Massachusetts too, especially New York city and Boston. We are non-cooperating cities and Trump is out to get us all. I believe other east coast cities are also involved, but I don’t know which. A LOT of Americans don’t go along with this crap. It makes me glad I live here!

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      • Garry Armstrong June 3, 2017 / 9:12 am

        Yes, NBC’s Chuck Todd said same thing about many states ignoring MacCheesehead 45.


  8. Martha Kennedy June 2, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Thank you for this well-balanced and factual piece. I’m so tired of the hysteria that monster insists on creating.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      I was listening to what commentators were saying. I read a good article in the New Yorker, another couple of articles elsewhere. Whatever WAS happening (in a positive sense) will KEEP happening because corporations are moving forward and they do NOT need the president to give them permission.

      It’s a terrible, stupid, backward decision by the asshole in the White House, but it isn’t the end of life on earth. Maybe it will be the beginning of realizing we CAN fix things, with or without the president or congress. We don’t have to wait for the feds to do it. We have power. I noticed this first when I saw how many cities are refusing to give up their immigrant populations. Not just one or two cities, but a lot of big cities all over the country. States rights exist. Not just a myth πŸ˜€

      It’s weirdly retroactive, politically. It’s going to change the way people vote. It isn’t what I expected. It’s better. There’s hope.

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      • Martha Kennedy June 2, 2017 / 5:35 pm

        Yep. I’ve always believed in greater autonomy for states and that belief was intensified when I lived in CA, the world’s 7th largest economy.


        • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 8:53 pm

          Since the depression, states seem to have just handed over anything “big” to the feds. Money? Or lack of ambition? But suddenly, they are rediscovering autonomy. Definitely a good time to do that. In New England, because it isn’t a rich economy or that big, it tends to work as a unit. Sometimes with bits of Canada thrown in.

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          • Martha Kennedy June 2, 2017 / 9:29 pm

            I think it’s good. Colorado is kind of on its own out here. Denver, of course, since it’s 2/3 people from other places (California) and the whole northern/western slope part of the state is very blue. Most of the rest of the state is half and half. We’re going to have problems, though, with a HUGE split between urban and rural down the line, I think. 3/4 of the area of the state has very few people in it.


            • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 9:36 pm

              You need to make a group with at least one or two other states. I suspect they will get there. Maybe New Mexico, another state with a very strange population. Massachusetts couldn’t go it alone. We are too small. None of the NE states could do it alone. Either too thinly populated, or too lacking in economic resources. This is (generally) a blue region, but not always … but we share so many physical and economic similarities. So we group together. I guess we more or less understand each other.


              • Martha Kennedy June 2, 2017 / 9:59 pm

                New Mexico is good with us down here, but the western part of the state is more likely to bond with Utah (large Mormon populations) and the far east with Kansas and Nebraska. I’m just grateful the majority of the population is who/what it is.


                • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 11:35 pm

                  You’ll partner up. Arizona may be politically incorrect, but it has done a huge amount of environmental work since the first time we were there and last year. I don’t think you are isolated. With a little luck, the western sector will group together since you all share an aquifer and associated water issues.

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      • Garry Armstrong June 3, 2017 / 9:14 am

        Maybe the toilets in the White House will back up,emitting gaseous fumes.


  9. chevvy8 June 2, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    As a country feeling the impacts of climate change through, drought, hottest temperatures ever and committing to mitigate climate change though we’re nowhere near among the to emitters, it is good to read the views of citizenry. If we want a world for our children, we have to accept a transformation of our activities and use of resources. The world must move on in pursuit of a low carbon economy. Thank for the post and the debates this has generated.


    • Marilyn Armstrong June 2, 2017 / 11:32 pm

      I’ve felt that way for a very long time. One of the original Earth Day people. It has taken the world a long time to catch up. I don’t honestly believe that Trump can derail it. Too many corporations and countries are heavily invested in clean energy and its solutions. They are not going to dump billions of dollars of research and results because one stupid, mindless bully says so. The process may go slower, but I don’t even think that’s going to happen … and it might actually go faster because a lot of people really dislike Trump and will do whatever they can to prove how wrong he is.

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  10. chevvy8 June 2, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Chevvy's Studio and commented:
    I really enjoyed reading this post and the views expressed from citizens on Trump,s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord. It’s time for citizens to have their voices heard. Hope you all enjoy reading this post and comments as I did


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