Trump has World on Edge at Bonn Climate Talks

The Incredibly Shrinking Super Power

Despite the high drama in the White House about a meeting set for Tuesday May 9th between dueling forces among the Trump Team whether to “Remain” or “Leave” an historic world Paris agreement, the meeting inexplicably cancelled, and President Trump announced that he would decide the issue after his G-7 Visit, May 26th.  The US sent a micro-delegation of 7 people, less than Zimbabwe’s. In other words, we look pitiful and weak to the rest of the world.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Other industrialized nations such as China, France, and Germany each sent dozens of officials — the French delegation alone had 42 official participants. The U.S. sent 44 official participants just last year.”

Among those who want to pull out of the Paris Agreement are Alt-Right Sr. Advisor Steve Bannon and EPA Director Scott Pruitt vs. Jared and Ivanka Trump, who strongly support Climate Action, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who testified during his confirmation that he supports Paris, but recent reporting is that Rex thinks that having “a seat at the table” is the motive, which could mean that we try to weaken US Pledges or worse, try to undermine the entire Agreement. (May I remind you, Rex Tillerson received a Presidential Metal of Friendship for Putin, and CEO of Exxon, commenced drilling Russia in a joint project worth $500 billion, that has been put on ice since sanctions over Crimea). Oh, now it’s getting interesting…

So the world have their sleeves rolled up, especially China, who has taken a leadership role on the agreement and is aggressively enforcing their Pledges, investing $321 billion in renewable energy and shutting down half-built coal plants. President Xi expressly told Trump that pulling out of Paris will negatively impact the US with the G-7 and G-20. (And Donald, read behind the lines here. You can’t ask Xi to go to the mat for you on N. Korea, when he has his own demand: Paris.) My, how have roles have changed since Kyoto.

The US insistence of stripping any language of Climate Change from the G-7 Statement, including a reiterated pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. They weren’t happy.

The bottom line is the US will loose all credibility with our allies and many adversaries themselves who have all signed the Agreement. Should the US pull out of 20 years of negotiated process and final Agreement in Paris 2015, the US will lose Super Power status and become a  Slimy Power in the world’s eyes.

 

Trump Would ‘Cancel’ Historic Paris Agreement

That’s How the BBC Reported  it and the Whole World is Mad!

The BBC News was all over the pledge by Trump to “cancel” the Paris Agreement of 2015 (which is that plan to save the planet that the whole world signed onto).

It took over twenty years in the making for the world to come together, and especially after a terror attack in Paris, to finally agree on a plan to address the greatest threat to humanity. Donald Trump said “It was bad for US Business”, according the BBC.

He happens to be dead wrong.  More than 175 Businesses have signed the American Businesses Climate PledgeAccording to The Financial Times, CEO’s like “Alex Gorsky, chief executive of Johnson & Johnson, said having a large number of companies join the pledge would have a “very significant impact” on pushing for a deal. “We’re excited that it does seem to be picking up momentum,” Mr Gorsky told the FT.

“The more large companies work together … it will create significant momentum around the world.”

That is, if it isn’t President Trump. Bad for Businesses, Mr. Trump? These Companies don’t agree.

21ST CENTURY FOX

365 RETAIL MARKETS

ACER AMERICA

ADOBE

AGILE SOURCING PARTNERS

AIRBNB

AKAMAI

ALL STAR SERVICES

AMAZON

AMD

AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY

AVERY DENNISON

BEN & JERRY’S

BHPBILLITON

BIO-AMBER

BMW NA

BNY MELLON

BURNS & MCDONNELL

CANTALOUPE SYSTEMS

CANTEEN & COMPASS GROUP

CH2M

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CRAIG COMMUNICATIONS

DANFOSS

DUPONT

EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA

ENEL GREEN POWER NORTH AMERICA

EQUINIX

FRHAM

GAMESA

GENENTECH

GOURMET COFFEE SERVICE

GREENWOOD ENERGY

IHG

INTERFACE

INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES

JETBLUE

JM HUBER CORPORATION

KAISER PERMANENTE

KELLY SERVICES

KIMBALL ELECTRONICS

KOHL’S DEPARTMENT STORES

KPMG

LEGRAND NA

LENOVO

LINKEDIN

MESA ASSOCIATES

MGM RESORTS

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

NATIONAL GRID

NEWS CORP

NOVARTIS

NRG

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES

PATHEON

PROLOGIS

RIO TINTO

RM2

ROYAL VENDING

SKYONIC

STAPLES

SWITCH COMMUNICATIONS

SYMANTEC

TESLA MOTORS

TRI-ALPHA ENERGY

UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS

VF CORPORATION

VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA

THE WITTERN GROUP

XYLEM

The following companies have previously joined the American Business Act on Climate pledge:

ABENGOA BIOENERGY US

AEMETIS

ALCOA

AMERICAN EXPRESS

APPLE

AT&T

AUTODESK

BANK OF AMERICA

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY

BEST BUY

BIOGEN

BLOOMBERG

CA TECHNOLOGIES

CALPINE

CAMPOS BROTHERS FARMS

CARGILL

COCA-COLA

COX

DELL

DISNEY

DSM NORTH AMERICA

EMC CORPORATION

ENER-G RUDOX

ENERGY OPTIMIZERS

FACEBOOK

FULCRUM BIOENERGY

GE

GENERAL MILLS

GENERAL MOTORS

GOLDMAN SACHS

GOOGLE

HERSHEY’S

HP

IBERDROLA USA

IBM

IKEA USA

INGERSOLL RAND

INTEL

INTEX SOLUTIONS

INTREN

INVENERGY

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

JOHNSON CONTROLS

KELLOGGS

KEYSTONE ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURING

KINGSPAN INSULATED PANELS INC

LAKESHORE LEARNING

LAM RESEARCH

LEVI STRAUSS & CO.

L’OREAL USA

MARS

MCDONALDS

MICROSOFT

MONSANTO

NATIONAL LABEL

NESTLE USA

NIKE

NOVOZYMES

ONE3LED

PACIFIC ETHANOL

PEPSI

PG&E

POET

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC

PROCTOR & GAMBLE

PWC US

QUALCOMM

RICOH USA

SALESFORCE.COM

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

SIEMENS USA

SONY USA

STARBUCKS

SYNGENTA/QCCP

TARGET

TRIGLOBAL ENERGY

UNILEVER

UPS

WAL-MART

XEROX