About that “Paris Accord”? Reformatted, emphasis mine:
Nineteen nations “believe” in climate change. How are they backing up their statement of faith? China was praised for signing on to the Paris Climate Agreement and in Argentina reaffirmed its commitment to controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, however, China increased those emissions by 1.7 percent. India, the fourth largest source for CO2, saw their emissions grow by 4.6 percent in 2017. Luckily for them, they too were praised for signing that “nonbinding communiqué.” Overall, the European Union raised their CO2 output by 1.5 percent. France, home of the Paris Agreement, is leading the diplomatic effort to save the planet. They increased their greenhouse gas emissions by 3.6 percent. . . .
If the nations paying lip service to climate change aren’t meeting their goals, imagine how poorly the oil-drilling, coal-mining Americans must be doing.
President Donald Trump was pilloried for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and for being only G20 leader who refused to sign the climate change statement in Argentina. From 2016 to 2017, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 2.7 percent. Emissions from large power plants declined 4.5 percent since 2016, and nearly 20 percent since 2011.
All without signing a piece of paper in Paris or Buenos Aires.
As Trump is “getting Government out of the way”, we are seeing the return of that old American “can DO!” spirit. Not only that, frackers have become the new economic / energy foreign policy makers. All the rest of the countries, for all their high-falutin’ words and agreements (even as they send far more CO2 into the air than most of us deplorable as they trapse from one “environmental” meeting to another in their high flying jets and thousands of attendees eating delicacies also flown in from everywhere in the globe.