The debate over whether to officially pull the US out of the Paris climate accord has been raging in the Trump White House for months. There have been widely
Apparently, however, the end of the dithering is nigh. At an April 29 rally, Trump promised a "big decision" on the matter in the next two weeks. Now, according to the administration, that decision has a firm date: Tuesday.
The outcome is of interest not only for substantive reasons (more on those
Leading the charge to stay in are "the globalists" (as Trump's hardcore supporters derisively refer to them): White House economic advisor Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Secretary of Mideast Peace and the Opioid Epidemic Jared Kushner, Secretary of #Brands Ivanka Trump, and, according to the New York Times, "a slew of foreign policy advisers and career diplomats."
Leading the charge to pull out are the nationalists, principally Steve Bannon and White House counsel Don McGahn, and the committed climate deniers, principally EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. According to one source with knowledge of the deliberations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is both a nationalist and a climate denier, was also in attendance at the most recent meeting. (What does the AG have to do with international treaties? Good question.)
At first, rumor had it that the globalists were winning and Trump would keep America in. Then, late last week, rumors tore around that
It's a mess. And as usual, it is impossible to know what to make of all the contradictory leaks. Trump himself hasn't exactly made things clear, though he has called Paris a "bad deal."
Never mind the tea leaves, though. The outcome of all the internal jockeying will be apparent soon enough.
For now, let's remind
Even if, like Trump, you think climate change is a hoax; even if, like Trump, you think pollution regulations kill jobs; even if, like Trump, you want to Make America Great Again — there's just no reason to do it. It will cause serious damage in exchange for absolutely no practical advantage.
The only person who stands to gain from it is Bannon. If the US leaves Paris, it will be because he played Trump for a fool.