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A BETTER DEAL

 


Anytime an individual or a group of people set out to accomplish an agreement that is meant to have a favorable outcome for all participants, you better be good at negotiating or you just might come out with a raw deal or even a bad deal. This is what happened to our Nation in the Paris Climate Accord. Fortunately, we now have leadership in place that has seen just what kind of deal the former administration made on our behalf which would be described by all standards, a very bad deal. In fact, it would seem that we were the main financial contributor to this agreement with very little benefit in return. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, appeared on “Fox & Friends” April 13th and said, “Paris is something we really need to look at closely, because it’s something we need to exit, in my opinion.” Why? “It’s a bad deal for America. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030; we front-loaded all of our costs, at the expense of jobs.”

If Trump would not have pulled away from the Paris Climate Accord here is how it would have directly impacted our Nation. Acceptance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the owners energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according the National Economic Research Association. According to the same study, by 2040 compliance with the commitments put into place by the previous administration would cut production for the following sectors: paper down by 12 percent, cement down by 23 percent, iron and steel down by 38 percent, coal down by 86 percent, natural gas down by 31 percent, and energy costs up by 20 percent. Not only did this deal subject the citizens of the United States to harsh economic restriction, it fails to live up to the environment ideas we have in place as a nation. Under the agreement, China would have been allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants, and India would have been allowed to double its coal production by 2020, while we were supposed to get rid of ours. In the agreement, it does not eliminate coal jobs; it just transfers all of the jobs outside of the United States. The agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining financial advantage over our nation.

In Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” he quoted this on fighting back. "When people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard. The risk is you'll make a bad situation worse, and I certainly don't recommend this approach to everyone. But my experience is that if you're fighting for something you believe in, even if it means alienating some people along the way, things usually work out for the best in the end." President Trump is holding himself accountable to his word he delivered it. The Paris Climate Accord withdrawal landed itself as a landmark in the news but Trump is holding true to his promise and made a better deal.

 

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