Posted by: maboulette | June 6, 2017

Fiery Debate Over Climate Change Didn’t Sway Him

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The pressure on President Trump to remain in the Paris climate accord came from all sides.


Silicon Valley titans, such as Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, contacted the White House directly, making clear just how seriously they viewed the issue of climate change — and how important it was to them that the president not withdraw from the international pact.


European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, used a private summit of the Group of Seven world powers to repeatedly and urgently prod Trump to stay true to the climate deal.


And Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, reached out to chief executives and urged them to call her father to make their pro-business case for staying in the accord.


She even personally appealed to Andrew Liveris, the head of Dow Chemical, asking him to spearhead a letter with other CEOs — which ultimately ran as a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal in May — directly appealing to Trump to stay in the agreement, according to a person familiar with the effort.

But in the end, it was not enough.


On Thursday, in a Rose Garden ceremony, the president announced his plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.


Trump had never liked the Paris accord. He viewed it as a “bad deal,” and during the campaign, had promised his base he would “cancel” the climate pact that he believed was hurting American workers.


His final, deliberative verdict was the same as his initial, gut-level one, according to this account of Trump’s decision-making process, which is based on interviews Thursday with more than a dozen administration officials, Trump confidants, Republican operatives and European diplomats. Even so, the president listened and moderated months of often heated, and at times downright contentious, discussions among his own advisers, as well as scores of outsiders.

“He’s stayed where he’s always been, and not for a lack of trying by those who have an opposite opinion,” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. “He started with a conclusion, and the evidence brought to him to the same conclusion.”

Personally I believe it will go down as the worst decision Trump will make during his term as President.  Actually I take that back because I believe that most of his decisions are bad ones.



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