The BEST Memes, Tweets & Reactions To Trump'S Withdrawal From Paris Agreement
The fear is that we are failing our children's future, BIGLY.
It's confusing times, people.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that he has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement/Accord. In 2015, under President Obama, the country agreed to provide up to $3 billion dollars to help nations around the globe — including America — to find ways to cut back on coal as a primary energy source and help lower carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants that contribute to the greenhouse effect.
President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement didn't necessarily surprise people, though it did enrage many.
Some were hopeful that he might stay in the agreement since the accord would have worked to prevent further decline for our struggling coal miners. Several coal companies, Fortune 500 companies, Republicans, and oil companies even urged Trump to stay in the accord and seek out sustainable clean energy sources to use in conjunction with fossil fuels for the sake of our future.
But Trump withdrew anyway, largely thanks to the support of Republican politicians who receive big paychecks from oil companies for their part in creating laws to prevent further efforts to save the environment or abolishing laws that do attempt to do so.
President Trump's decision was a move toward American isolationism in a big way. He states that he based this decision on the sincere belief that participating in the Paris Agreement would inhibit his ability to protect the nation from threats. He believed it was "wise" to withdraw and that ultimately, the agreement was "not fair."
We are now one of only three major nations in the world that are not a part of this agreement. The USA, for their reliance on environmentally damaging fossil fuels, Syria, a country that was never expected to join because it has been locked in a civil war for the last six years, and Nicaragua, whose decision to not join the accord was because they did not believe it was enough to prevent further damage to the planet and wanted to do more.
Trump called the Paris Agreement a “draconian” international deal, despite the fact that it involves 195 other nations. In his Rose Garden speech from the White House on Thursday, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
What you might not know about Pittsburgh is that it used to be a booming city for coal and steel mill production. And, as promised, President Trump intends to return the nation to a time of "clean coal" as a source for energy.
Despite the fact that "clean coal" does not exist, and coal is, in fact, responsible for some of the most calamitous damage to our environment and even to our citizens. Burning coal produces carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas responsible for major climate change — releases toxins into the air like arsenic, mercury, and lead, destroys mountaintops and ecosystems from mining, creates smog, and companies often dump castoff waste and poisonous leftovers into streams and water sources that Americans use.
It is actually responsible for $100 million in healthcare costs for Americans every year.
So not everyone agrees with Trump's idea that working toward sustainable clean energy is "draconic" or "unfair."
When Elon Musk, the CEO and co-founder of both Tesla Inc and SpaceX heard the news, he took to Twitter to announce his withdrawal from the presidential councils he participates in:
Before Trump took office, the United States had agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement and Accord in 2015. It was an unheard of success in environmental channels, and the idea was that these countries would support each other toward progress that improved the environment, fought climate change, and moved us all to renewable energy sources.
The United States had pledged to take the lead in this effort. But Donald Trump stated that he felt doing this put the nation at a disadvantage and would impose unfair environmental standards on American businesses. This is not the first time that Trump has removed previously in-place standards to protect the environment at the behest of oil and coal companies.
So perhaps the restrictions he's speaking about involve protecting the myth of "clean coal."
In anger, fear, and sheer bafflement, people around the world took to memes and Twitter to express their concerns, continued resistance, and frustration for this decision.
Here's 16 of the top memes, tweets and reactions to Trump's plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement that express what most people were thinking and why there's a lot more left to discuss now that Trump's move could change the relationships that the United States has with other nations around the globe — including many of our allies:
1. Clean coal is quite an oxymoron, isn't it?
"Trump trumpets on about how the #ParisAgreeement is bad. "Clean Coal" is goood."
2. This decision did not meet parental approval.
"Who else is celebrating the U.S. out of the #ParisAgreement by having the heat on full blast & running the taps all night?"
"Paul's mom is going to be so mad when she gets the bill."
3. We shall soon find out!
"Wonder what it means when Trump says we stop participating in the #ParisAgreeement today?"
4. Steve Jobs would be proud.
"Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver."
"Hope. Hate. 'Nuff said."
6. Scary times.
"So America has to finance the world economy while her Citizens lose their jobs! #ParisAgreeement #MAGA"
7. May already be happening.
"Trump: At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us?
The World: (This GIF) #ParisAgreeement"
"And for one brief shining moment...#p2 #UniteBlue #ParisAgreeement #climate #resist #mepolitics #DemForce"