Friday, June 2, 2017

The Paris Accord Surprise?

I am amazed that people are so shocked by Trump quitting the Paris Accord on climate change since it was one issue that was ignored in the Presidential debate according to the Guardian.[1]  Well, Mother Jones says it got 82 seconds of attention during the 2016 debates, which was 82 Seconds more than it received in 2012. Although Mashable doesn't agree with Mother Jones.

The bottom line is that it didn't receive a lot of attention during the campaign, which was one of the many reasons I went Green (but that is another post altogether).  Climate change deniers can keep their heads in the sand about this issue, but it is fairly obvious it is happening (again another post, but I did notice that Europe had much warmer temperatures than parts of the US recently among many other things).

I've posted that conservatives in other nations have admitted to the reality of climate change, but reality denial is what makes one a "conservative" in the US.  The real shock comes from the people who didn't vote for Trump, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes to Clinton (only winning in the Electoral College), being surprised by all this.  On the other hand, some of us weren't too sure about Clinton's position on this issue as her interaction with this Greenpeace volunteer highlighted.

I am not going to get into Public-Private positions, but it would have been nice if this issue and the environment had been a much more significant issue in the past campaign. The fact it wasn't mentioned seems strange given the importance this has to life on the planet.

[1] The Guardian mentioned the lack of attention this issue received during the campaign at least twice.  Not sure about the USMSM since I don't pay too much attention to it.

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