Trump Ushers In Era Of America First Environmental Policy

It should come as no surprise that everything Donald Trump does gets a negative reaction. The man can make a “covfefe” tweet and become the talk of the town.

Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement has received a particularly dramatic kvetch from the left. It should also come as no surprise that the “climate deal” was never about climate. It was about taking wealth from advanced industrial first world nations, namely western white nations, and redistributing it to nations with no industry.

Via the Daily Mail:

Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change on Thursday afternoon – deriding it as bad for American jobs and bad for the environment.

He dared opprobrium from foreign leaders, environmentalists, scientists and celebrities to say he was putting the jobs of American workers first.

‘We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. They won’t be,’ Trump declared. ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’ . . .

Trump complained in the White House’s Rose Garden that major polluters like China are allowed to increase their emissions under the agreement in a way that the US cannot. India is hinging its participation on billions of dollars of foreign aid.

‘The bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States,’ he said.

He argued later, ‘The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.’

‘This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States,’ he contended.

Only a complete moron would think that having industrialized working class people work harder to maintain their own standard of living while being systematically stolen from in order to subsidize a less productive society would have a net benefit to the environment.

Also keep in mind that any type of foreign aid creates an unnatural influx of cash certain to be squandered by populations that do little to curb the political corruption that typifies their third world countries. In other words, taking money from working people and giving it to repressive politicians and politically connected NGOs does little to fulfill the left’s purported goals.

This process not only stifles market innovation in underdeveloped nations but, in terms of desired environmental protections, it creates an atmosphere that misallocates resources towards ends that actually damage the environment by subsidizing more costly energy alternatives.

It has become painfully obvious that when the state involves itself in something in order to “help,” the opposite of it’s desired result is the likely outcome. We need only look to drug prohibition, the war on poverty and foreign policy for relevant examples, but environmental policy is no exception.

During his primary and general election campaigns, Trump sold himself to the American people as an America First candidate. The U.S. exit from the Paris Accord appears to be only the beginning of returning to an America First environmental policy. During Thursday’s Rose Garden announcement, Trump said that he would also end the United States’ participation in the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.

According to the Daily Mail:

The UN program asks developed countries to provide billions in foreign aid on top of what the US already gives.

‘Many of the other countries haven’t spent anything, and many of them will never pay one dime,’ [Trump] said.

In another slap at the European leaders who’d lobbied him last week to stick with the agreement, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Trump said his Paris exit is ‘a reassertion of America’s sovereignty.’

‘Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the US economy that our own citizens and their elected representatives,’ Trump proclaimed.

I for one applaud our President for following through on his word and campaign promise to put America First. With Chancellor Angela Merkel stating that Germany will go at things alone with NATO, the exit of the U.S from the Paris Accord signifies a hard shift away from globalization in favor of a position of localized national policy.

We here at the 1st Irregulars are in favor of controlling the destiny of our own people and having the decisions regarding matters of state decentralized as much as possible. This may be the first step out of the current system of international integration toward balkanization and the ultimate goal of establishing and maintaining a ethno-libertarian social order. 1433!