Obama’s Paris shortcut hits a dead-end

Paris deal should have been a treaty, not an executive act

Heads are exploding over the fact that Trump is pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Much noise and fury from many a keyboard warrior has been spent predicting doom for all mankind as a result of this decision. I’ll spare you the gory details, but if you’d like a good laugh at human stupidity, shallowness, and lack of critical thinking, Anthony Watts has an excellent round-up on his blog.  A sample:

Pulling out of the Paris Agreement would be a massive step back for racial justice, and an assault on communities of color across the U.S. (ACLU, predicatably)

And:

Trump just declared war on the very idea of life on earth

No really, someone said that.

But my personal favorite was Barack Obama’s response… because it was Obama himself who made this withdrawal possible, by his own arrogance and laziness! First the Obama response:

First question… could you be bothered reading it? Me either, but I made myself do it anyway. It’s full of the usual economic ignorance we’ve all come to know and love (cough cough) from climate alarmists, but it was particularly noticable for what it lacked… an admission that if Obama had done the right thing and treated the Paris deal as a treaty (which it is for any practical purpose) which needed to be approved by Congress (which it did), rather than as something he could sign off with the stroke of a pen, then Trump wouldn’t be able to undo it with the stroke of a pen!

That’s right, Obama’s fetish for executive actions is coming back to haunt him. Trump can undo just as easily anything which Obama did with the stroke of a pen. If Obama had acted less like an emperor, and more like a leader, if he’d made arguments and persuaded people rather than bullied and put people offside, then maybe his ‘legacy’ (such as it is) would have survived a little longer. But he took shortcuts, abused his power to make things easy, and now it’s all being undone just as easily.

Karma can be a bitch sometimes.

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