It’s been a year and a half since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, and contrary to the predictions of many, the sky has yet to fall.
Former President Barack Obama signed the agreement in 2016, making a pledge to cut America’s greenhouse gas emissions between 26-28% by 2025 (below 2005 levels). Trump pulled out of the agreement in June 2016, and the hysteria immediately began.
“Now we’re just being asked to pretend that Trump is a good president when he’s obviously an incompetent one. No thanks,” wrote the New York Times’ Ross Douthat. Nancy Pelosi blasted the “grave threat to our planet.” DNC head Tom Perez called it “a global embarrassment and a gross abdication of American leadership.” Tom Steyer, a billionaire political donor that liberals don’t have a problem with, called Trump’s decision a “traitorous act of war against the American people.”
Vanity Fair writer Tina Nguyen speculated that Trump’s actions were simply motivated to cause liberals pain, citing a handful of conservatives who mocked the above hysteria.
Sane takes were hard to come by. The Cato Institute, no friend of Trump, praised the decision, noting that the Paris Agreement would do little to actually combat climate change while imposing massive costs that disproportionately fall on the American taxpayer. As they wrote in a public statement: