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Climate Change

European Leaders Worry about Climate, not Terrorism

Written by Joe Scudder

During Donald Trump’s visit, European leaders show strange priorities.

If, in the wake of the latest terrorist attack, people were looking to the European leaders for signs of concern for their safety, they may be disappointed. News reports indicate that Donald Trump showed far more concern about Terrorism. The rulers of the European nationsl care more about climate change and their carbon tax scheme that allegedly will help slightly slow it.

McClatchy reports, “Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!’” According to the story, by delaying the decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Trump has motivated European leaders, including the Pope, to try to change his mind. They devoted a lot of time and energy to that instead of terrorism.

Senate Democrats joined the push. In anticipation of the conference, 40 Senate Democrats signed a letter to the president urging him not back out of the international agreement.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday that a decision on the agreement had yet to be made.

He called it a “difficult balancing act” to address climate change while keeping the economy thriving.

“We’re still thinking about that,” Tillerson said. “He hasn’t made a final decision.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will also be at the G7, told supporters Tuesday at a meeting on the environment that she would press the administration.

“I am still trying to convince the doubters,” Merkel said.

Is the President going to hold firm on his campaign promise? Or is he getting ready to flip-flop? The fact that Tillerson refers to the Paris Agreement decision as a “difficult balancing act” does not bode well.

Read the full McClatchy story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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