Skip to comments.Governor Kasich Blasts Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal
Posted on 06/04/2017 2:41:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
COLUMBUS, OH President Donald Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord on Thursday. The move has been met with mixed political reactions and has drawn the ire of frequent Trump opponent, Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The voluntary Paris Climate Accord was structured to reduce global carbon emissions, but Trump felt the deal unevenly impacted the American people. He said on Thursday that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not the citizens of Paris."
Kasich took to Facebook to decry the move, saying America's withdrawal from the agreement was tantamount to relinquishing the nation's status as a global leader. He added, "the Trump Administration should have worked to improve the treaty from within."
The governor was quick to note that he was not happy with the original agreement and believed then-President Barack Obama could have done more to create a bipartisan American voice in the accord.
"But, I know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address. And we could have negotiated that agreement in ways that would not needlessly destroy jobs," Kasich said in his statement.
He then outlined three main ways he felt the current administration could have improved the Paris Climate Accord, writing that:
- The largest emitters of greenhouse gases could have been asked to commit to concrete, obligatory reductions in emissions;
- The agreement could have targeted the root cause of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, instead of an indirect measure such as aggregate global temperature; and
- More thorough analysis of the costs and the benefits could have provided greater assurance that jobs were not unnecessarily being put at risk.
"A properly negotiated agreement could actually have ended up driving innovation and creating jobs," Kasich wrote. "By withdrawing from the agreement, the Administration has passed up an opportunity both to expand U.S leadership in clean energy technology and to create well-paid American jobs with a future."
For his part, Trump called the agreement "draconian." He said the deal did not do enough to curb emissions from rapidly industrializing nations like India and China, and hampered American economic growth. Nevertheless, he said he cares deeply about the environment and that the U.S. will be "the cleanest" country going forward, with the cleanest air and the cleanest water."
To read more about Trump's comments on the Paris Climate Accord, and international reaction to the U.S.'s decision, click here.
Other Ohio politicians weren't as verbose in their responses to news of the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
Republican Senator Rob Portman has yet to issue an official statement on the decision.
The state's representatives mostly divided along party lines, with Democrats like Tim Ryan calling pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord a "bad idea" while Republicans like Jim Jordan said it was the "right thing."
I despise Kasich.
No Kasich. The root cause of global warming is the federal grants given to universities to do research on "global warming". If tomorrow all those grants were stopped and the federal government started handing out grants for global cooling research, we would suddenly have a global cooling problem.
Q for Kasich: OH caught the Pike County mass murderer/s yet, Gov...?
This crap weasel is a source of noxious gas emissions and a waste of oxygen.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
The Paris Treaty was/is always about distribution of economic wealth; and the convenient use of “climate phrases” as branding instruments used to create political policy favorable to multinational corporate interests who control the shifting of economic wealth.
Listen to the responses from participating EU corporate comptrollers discussing climate and the entire purpose of the Paris Treaty becomes self-evident. Example:
“The preservation of our competitive position is the precondition for successful climate protection. This correlation is often underestimated.”
~ Matthias Wissmann, President of German Auto Industry Group VDA
The preservation of Germany’s competitive auto manufacturing position is contingent upon the U.S. exporting it’s wealth and handcuffing itself to a faux-climate treaty. Do not take my word for it, read Wissmann’s own interview. The Paris Treaty is nothing about climate, and everything about economics and multinational corporate interests.
Just another irrelevant moonbat politician pretending he is still “somebody” when he really is a “nobody”.
The disconnect is almost staggering. People screaming and going nuts over some scam treaty that probably makes millions for “green energy” moguls. I think we may need to explain to the left that the media (who acts as if the Paris Accord is the magna carta) has no credibility left. It’s like the olympics, just a major feeding trough.
Kasich is afraid of losing his platform/national stage/voice/job to Jerry Springer.
Doesn’t everyone realize this is THE JOHN KASICH, mailman’s son, and how important he is?
I thought they did that back in the 70s. The chumps were saying we were going to have a new ice age. They were lying then too.
I didn't even bother reading what Kasich had to say ... because he was already put on my list a long time ago.
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