Trump – Let’s talk about defense, debt, growth and job creation!

After refusing to reaffirm America’s commitment to the Paris accords at the recent G7 meeting in Italy, Donald Trump rambled around Europe claiming that European allies do not contribute enough to the common defense. Considering the increased risk of violent conflict associated with climate change this is least hypocritical or evidence of a rather unilateral conception of defense policy.

If Trump want to talk about debts, let’s talk about the United States up to almost 14 000 billion dollar carbon debt accumulated through its disproportionate emissions of carbon dioxide.

If the US really would withdraw from the Paris accords, it should mean for us, in countries that carry their responsibilities, even more reason to keep up and strengthen our efforts to combat climate change. If Trump really is the businessman and job creator, he presents himself to be, he and his administration will eventually follow suit, as they begin to understand that climate change measures promote economic growth and create good jobs.

In a recent report – Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth – OECD estimates that an integrated policy approach that combines climate action with fiscal initiatives and structural reforms could add to average economic output across G20 countries one percent by 2021 and 2,8 percent in 2050. When mitigated climate impacts are taken into account the net effect in 2050 could be nearly 5 percent.

But perhaps Trump does not trust foreign environmental organisations like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Perhaps he needs to hear the same message from his countrymen. Thus, I will once again repeat the following passage from US researchers Charles Weiss and William B. Bonvillian:

The United States should keep in mind, too, that the economic advantages of leadership in technology have been the source of its wealth and well-being. Is it really in America’s interest to cede leadership of a technological revolution in energy to other countries that now also understand the innovation-based growth model?

If Trump and his administration think that they can have some short run benefits from lagging behind global climate efforts, we as consumer must ensure that such an opportunity dries out. Thus I suggest that if US withdraws from its climate commitments, we as consumers withdraws totally from buying US products. Only those US companies having substantial and credible private climate commitments can be absolved.

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Climate change in not a Chinese hoax, and neither is a forthcoming consumer boycott if US decide to withdraw from the Paris Climate deal!

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