The Numbers Behind the Paris Climate Accord and Reactions

President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the United States would leave the Paris Climate Accord, making it one of three countries not to sign the agreement.  The United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not to sign the accord.  Nicaragua will not sign the accord because it does not punish countries who cannot meet their voluntary contributions to developing countries.  Syria, on the other hand, it facing major sanctions from the West and the state of their government makes it very difficult to take part in the arguments in Paris.

The Climate Deal is Costly in both Dollars and Jobs

Wealthy nations agreed to provide $100 billion a year to help developing countries move away from fossil fuels and use more renewable power supplies.  It was predicted by a UN official that those payments would increase to nearly $450 billion a year by the United States in 2020.  This money would be going to less developed countries in the Green Climate Fund to help them develop clean and renewable sources of energy so that they too can lower their carbon emissions.  But, as seen numerous times before, corrupt government officials in developing countries have a tendency of losing track of much of that money.

Besides costing the United States a massive amount of money, it requires certain American industries to greatly reduce in size. In total, 2.7 million jobs will be lost by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates.  The President stated in his announcement, “paper down 12 percent; cement down 23 percent; iron and steel down 38 percent; coal — and I happen to love the coal miners — down 86 percent; natural gas down 31 percent.  The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have $7,000 less income and, in many cases, much worse than that.”

The Proposed Environmental Effects are Negligible

While the environmental effects of pulling out of the Paris accord did not influence the President’s decision all that much, he emphasized that China and India will get a much better deal than the U.S.  For Many Washington Republicans, this rejection of an accord is a big “déjà vu” to them.  In 2001, George W. Bush said that the U.S. would not be taking part in the Kyoto Protocol on global warming because of similar reasons.  Since that time, CO2 emissions have been reduced in the U.S. by nearly 18%, mainly due to new innovations and advances in clean energy not mandated by the government.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated yesterday that this was at a much quicker rate than most of the European countries who have led the way with the Paris Accord, but this is commonly disputed. A side note: there have already been 30 cities, 3 states, and over 100 companies who will submit a plan committed to the Paris Climate Accord, according to the New York Times.

The Reaction has been mostly Negative

This decision by Trump has many on the left beginning to talk about the apocalypse.  Paris Climate Accord leaders and European leaders have said that the agreement will still live on and that it cannot be renegotiated.  Leaders from every country in the world have expressed disappointment that the United States will leave the accord, which President Trump says is because they want to gain a huge economic advantage over the United States.  He also called the agreement a huge wealth redistribution scheme from the United States to other countries.

Reality Leigh Winner, Former NSA Security Contractor, arrested for Leaking Classified Intel

According to a new report, the FBI arrested a confirmed leaker of classified NSA Intel to a press source. Here are the facts of the case.

The Leaker leaked a classified NSA Document

The leaker leaked a classified National Security Agency document regarding a Russian military intelligence operation that took place last year.

The document details how Russian intelligence sent phishing emails to over 100 local and employees officials just a few days before the election, which in turn gave the Russians access to some U.S. voting software.

Of the over 100 targeted officials, only one is reported to have been compromised by the cyber attack.

The classified document also notes that the operation was ongoing for months before the 2016 election and culminated with the phishing attack on a large amount of Democrat officials.

The leaker: Reality Leigh Winner, an Air Force Veteran and Private Security Contractor

The leaker has been identified as Reality Leigh Winner, a former Air Force linguist (she knows Pashto, Farsi, and Dari, according to her mother) and private security contractor for the NSA.

Winner, who worked for Pluribus International Corporation, worked at a National Security Agency government facility in Georgia and held a top-level government security clearance.

Examining her social media accounts shows that she was a critic of President Donald Trump, posting several complaints about Mr. Trump during his campaign and after his election as President of the United States.

Even before she got her hands on the documents on Russian influence, she invoked the far-left conspiracy theory that the Trump administration colluded with Russian officials.

She printed out the document, and delivered it to the Press

Winner stole the documents from both her company and the government by printing out the classified documents and sending them to the press.

The Department of Justice released a statement on the issue, stating that:

“On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.”

The statement details the event further:

“Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

Due to her actions, she is being charged with “with removing and mailing classified materials to a news outlet,” according to the same DOJ report, which carries a possible 10-year sentence.

She leaked the Document to the Intercept, an online news agency

The online news outlet in question in this case is the Intercept, a website launched in 2014 to report on documents released by former NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Despite receiving the classified Intel at the beginning of May, the Intercept did not report on the documents until Monday (read their report here).

The Intercept and Winner both deny knowing that the documents were classified.

This follows President Trump’s promise to crack down on Leakers

After several highly critical tidbits of information were leaked from the White House to the press, President Donald Trump has promised to crackdown on leakers.

This issue will surely be a primal focus of the President, as it details as an issue that has been plaguing his administration for months – Russian influence in the election.

However, this document does not detail any collusion between the Russians, a far-left conspiracy theory and a claim that the President has vehemently denied.

Sources

Axios – “FBI arrests contractor over leak of classified Russia hack report”

NY Post – “Federal worker busted for leaking top-secret NSA docs on Russian hacking”

Daily Caller – “NSA Leaker Is A Bernie Supporter Who ‘Resists’ Trump”

DOJ – “Federal Government Contractor in Georgia Charged With Removing and Mailing Classified Materials to a News Outlet”

Guardian – “NSA contractor Reality Winner accused of leaking file on Russia election hacking”

VA Secretary David Shulkin Announces Update of the VA’s 30-year-old Computer System

During the daily press briefing, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the update of the VA’s 30-year-old computer system. Here are the facts of this case:

The Secretary of Veteran Affairs announced the V.A. is updating it is updating its system

During today’s joint press briefing with Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin announced that the V.A. would be updating and upgrading their in-house Electronic Health Record system.

In the press briefing, Secretary Shulkin said that the new system will “follow a veteran during the course of his health and treatment” to “ensure the safety and the health and wellbeing of a veteran.”

The outgoing IT system is over 30 years old

The Department of Veteran Affairs’ current backend, called the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) was developed over thirty years ago.

When just looking at how much technology has progressed during that same time period, there is a reason the V.A. has been under heavy scrutiny for organizing the care of veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs was urged to upgrade the system – for the last 17 years! Congress has constantly been pushing for a revamp of the V.A.’s system for almost two decades, but the Department of Veteran affairs has ignored the calls until now.

The new System is identical to the program the Department of Defense uses

The “new” system the Department of Veteran Affairs is aiming to implement is the exact same program the Department of Defense is currently using, called the Military Health System Genesis.

Mr. Shulkin’s take on this commonality between the two government departments: “The adoption of the same system between VA and DOD is going to allow all patient data to reside in a common system so you will have this seamless link between the departments without the manual or electronic exchange of information.”

As most government implementations are, the installation of this new program will be expensive – the DOD spent $4.3 billion on the same exact system. However, the V.A. is an even larger organization than the Department of Defense, meaning the system will cost even more to install onto V.A. servers.

The President has already praised the Move

Shortly after Mr. Shulkin announced the move, President Donald Trump was quick to point out how this new program is “one of the biggest wins for Veterans in decades.”

The V.A. has had tons of Trouble taking care of Veterans

Over the past few years, the Department of Veteran Affairs has seen its patient list go up, it number of workers stay the same, and its coverage decrease.

Wait times are through the roof (sometimes up to two weeks for a simple evaluation), and veterans are even dying waiting for care that the V.A. cannot provide for them.

While a portion of the number of deaths (a CNN report said as many as 300,000) cannot be attributed to the outdated computer system, updating this 30-year-old platform can only help get our nation’s heroes the care they deserve.

Video Footage of the Press Briefing

Sources

RT – “Veterans Affairs to finally modernize 30yo medical records system”

WH.gov – “Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and VA Secretary David Shulkin, 6/5/2017”

NPR – “VA Struggles To Provide Vets With Mental Health Care”

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5 Facts: President Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

After the terror threats that have occurred in first-world countries in the past few years, mainly due to the spreading influence of radical Islam and a large flow of migrants, have caused President Donald Trump to concoct a deal that prevents future terror attacks on American Soil. Here are the facts of the so-called Travel Ban:

The Travel Ban affects Residents of Six Majority Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump’s so-called Travel Ban bars residents of Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the country without a valid visa.

These six countries, which are populated mostly by Muslims, were specifically chosen due to the residents’ exposure to terrorism from the many terror groups operating in those regions.

Iran, Syria, and Sudan were chosen because “designated by the Secretary of State as a state sponsor of terrorism,” according to the official Executive order.

Iraq, which was present on the “banned list” on the first Travel Ban, was taken off in order to further a diplomatic relationship between the two nations.

Decreases the Number of Refugees significantly for FY 2017

The executive order includes a section that lowers the number of refugees allowed to enter into the United States at 50,000 for the fiscal year 2017.

The reason, from the official Executive Order: “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any entries in excess of that number until such time as I determine that additional entries would be in the national interest.”

This contrasts to the approximately 85,000 refugees admitted to the country in fiscal year 2016, a number that includes about 40,000 Muslim refugees and approximately the same number of Christians, according to Pew Research.

Despite various reports, this is not a Muslim Ban

Multiple news sites and channels have called President Trump’s Travel Ban a Muslim ban, but in reality, it is not in any shape a ban on Muslims.

The Executive Order officially states that the Travel Ban does “not provide a basis for discriminating for or against members of any particular religion.”

Yes, the countries targeted in the Ban are majority Muslim, but a Christian looking to enter the U.S. from those areas would also be barred from entering the United States.

Various Courts have shot down the Travel Ban thus far

When President Donald Trump signed the first Travel Ban into law, the Ninth Circuit Court, a historically left-leaning panel of judges, quickly shot it down.

The court claimed that the Ban discriminated against Syrian refugees, as the Immigration and Nationality Act claims that discrimination based on nationality is illegal. This court also claimed that there was no evidence that any former residents of the countries on the list had actually committed a terrorist attack.

On the second go-around, President Trump’s Travel ban was once again blocked, but this time by a judge in Hawaii who claimed that the Ban discriminated on religion.

In addition, various officials in the states of Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and California have shot down the order due to reasons ranging from that it’s a hidden Muslim ban to it hurts the local economy.

The President has used Recent Terror Attacks to promote his Ban

After recent attacks across European cities, President Donald Trump has taken to his Twitter account to promote his Travel Ban as the solution to the terror problem.

For these actions, he has drawn much criticism both from Twitter trolls and from major news networks for using recent deaths as a reasoning for his “xenophobic” Travel ban.

However, all of the recent European terrorist attacks have been carried out in the name of Allah (the god of Islam) and all of the perpetrators are of Middle Eastern origin.

In addition, to add more fuel to the fire, many of the terrorists in those attacks had recently traveled to the nations outlined in the Ban and returned to either Britain, Germany, or other European nations plagued by the new terror threats.

Sources

Pew Research – “U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016”

WH.gov – “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”

BBC – “Trump travel ban: Five questions about the revised executive order”

RWB Politics = “Trump’s New and Revised Travel Ban 2.0”

5 Facts: President Trump’s Proposed Budget Requires Work for Food Stamps

In his newly proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018, President Donald Trump is forcing able-bodied Food Stamps recipients to work for their benefits. Here are the facts of this move:

President Trump’s new Budget requires one to Work to Get Welfare

To receive a SNAP check (Food Stamps), which amounts to an average of $125.50 per enrollee, an able-bodied person must either currently work or receive job counseling.

Included in the job counseling is “supervised job searching, training, and community service,” according to the Daily Signal, which will either put the person in the workforce or force them to do a sort of community service.

Despite some calls that this plan is unfair to the poor, there is widespread, bipartisan support for this measure. According to the Daily Signal, 90% of the general public support this measure, with about 87% of Democrats and 94% of Republicans agreeing with this work-for-benefits idea.

Some of the Funding Responsibility is shifted to the States

It is a fact that the federal government pays for the majority of welfare programs.

The states, however, are not paying nearly enough of their share of many social welfare programs, including the Food Stamps program. In fact, the Food Stamps program is 92% funded by the national government.

In most cases, the state governments are paying anywhere from 10%-25% of the true cost of social programs, while the rest of the burden is heaped on the federal government. The only program that many states pay the majority of the bill on is Medicaid.

With the President’s new budget, some more of the funding responsibility is shifted to the states, but any exact number is unavailable at this point.

The Welfare System has been growing, despite the dropping Unemployment rate and Robust Economy

When the recession, the worst financial crisis in the 21st century, first started, there were approximately 26 million enrollees in the Food Stamp program, costing a collective $33 billion.

However, from 2013 to 2016, when the Recession was far over and the economy was picking up once again, there were more enrollees in the program: about 47 million people in 2013 and 44 million people in 2016, and respective costs of $80 billion and $71 billion.

During the 2013-2016 era, the economy was as robust as it had ever been in the 21st century and the unemployment rate was at the lowest it had been in a decade, yet the number of enrollees was higher than during the Recession.

These astonishing figures point to one conclusion: the current Food Stamps program is not functioning as well as it should be. This is where President Trump’s new Food Stamps plan comes into play, requiring beneficiaries to work in some way to pay off the graciousness of the government.

The President’s Plan has been proven to work – and in the United States

A common case against the President’s plan is that getting people to work for their benefits will simply not cut a portion of those who rely on Food Stamps.

However, a similar program in Maine proves that President Trump’s plan will be effective in slashing the number of Food Stamps recipients.

In 2014, Maine implemented a more rigorous “Food Supplemental Employment and Training Program” that would require able-bodied people to meet a set hourly employment requirement. If working was not an option (because they did not have a job), one would have to perform community service for about 6 hours a week.

The result: the caseload dropped a significant amount (from approximately 12,000 to 2,000, according to the Heritage Foundation), mostly due to a wide majority of prior beneficiaries refusing to comply with the work requirements.

Although the drop-off may not be as significant as seen in Maine, a federal implementation of the program used in that state (which is very similar to President Trump’s plan) may result in a large amount of saved money and more people in the workforce.

The Goal: Cut $3.6 Trillion from the National Debt

All in all, President Trump is looking to cut about $193 billion from the SNAP program in a ten-year period and get more people off welfare and into the workforce.

These cuts to the SNAP program (the official name for the Food Stamps program) funding is part of an overall goal to slash approximately $3.6 trillion from the national debt and balance the budget in ten years.

Sources

The Daily Signal – “Trump’s Food Stamp Reform Would Close the Trap of Dependency”

New York Post – “Trump wants to impose work requirement for food stamp users”

Heritage Foundation – “Maine Food Stamp Work Requirement Cuts Non-Parent Caseload by 80 Percent”

Job Growth under President Donald Trump – Breakdowns of Monthly Job Reports

In his candidacy announcement in 2015, now-President Donald J Trump promised to “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

But how well is he living up to the promise he made two years later?

Here are the monthly jobs reports since President Trump took office:

June 2017 Jobs Report – 158,000 Jobs Created


      ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 158,000 Jobs in June

May 2017 Jobs Report – 253,000 Jobs Created


      ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 253,000 Jobs in May

Economists expected a creation of approximately 185,000 jobs during the month of May, but the actual number of jobs exceeded that mark by a wide margin.

Approximately 253,000 jobs were created during the month of May in these sectors, among others:

Mining 3,000
Manufacturing 8,000
Construction 37,000
Professional and Business 88,000
Education and Health 54,000
Leisure and Hospitality -11,000
Financial Services 7,000
Trade, Transportation, etc. 58,000

 

In addition to the creation of said number of jobs, the unemployment rate fell from the 4.4% measured at the end of April to 4.3% at the end of May.

Sources: ADP and CNBC

April 2017 Jobs Report – 177,000 Jobs Created


      ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 177,000 Jobs in April

After crunching the numbers, several Economists believed there would be a growth of about 185,000 jobs during the month of April. However, their estimations were much lower than the total number of jobs actually created during April.

The 211,000 jobs created can be divided into these sectors:

Mining 3,000
Manufacturing 11,000
Construction -2,000
Professional and Business 72,000
Education and Health 41,000
Leisure and Hospitality 35,000
Financial Services 2,000

 

The unemployment rate also dropped one-tenth of a percent due to the said job creation, from the measured 4.5% at the end of March to a lower 4.4% at the end of April.

Sources: ADP and CNBC

March 2017 Jobs Report– 263,000 Jobs Created


      ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 263,000 Jobs in March

Economists believed approximately 180,000 jobs would be created during the month of March, but the actual number was much larger than the projection.

The 263,000-job growth can be divided into these sectors:

 

Mining 4,000
Manufacturing 30,000
Construction 49,000
Professional and Business 57,000
Education and Health 13,000
Leisure and Hospitality 55,000
Financial Services 25,000
Trade, Transportation, etc. 34,000

 

The rather large job growth number dropped the unemployment percentage to a ten-year low of 4.5%.

Sources: ADP and CNBC

February 2017 Jobs Report – 298,000 Jobs Created


      ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 298,000 Jobs in February

Expectations for February job growth were at about 190,000, but the actual number of jobs created during this month far surpassed that estimation.

The 298,000 jobs created can be broken down into these sectors, among others:

 

Mining 8,000
Manufacturing 32,000
Construction 66,000
Professional and Business 66,000
Education and Health 40,000
Leisure and Hospitality 40,000
Financial Services 4,000
Information 25,000

 

Many economists believe the rapid job growth can be attributed to the confidence newly elected President Donald Trump has infused into the markets, from his promises to rebuild critical infrastructure or his America-first plan to bring back jobs to the United States.

Source: ADP

5 Facts: President Trump Signs Waiver that Keeps U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

Today, President Donald Trump signed a waiver that would keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv, pushing his campaign promise to the side in hopes of peace between Israel and Palestine. Here are the facts of the signing:

President Trump Signed a Waiver to Keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed a waiver that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, the location the embassy is currently at.

The waiver, which has to be signed biannually, guarantees that the embassy will remain in Tel Aviv for at least six months, when the waiver will need to be signed again.

Had the Waiver not been signed, half of the State Department’s funding would have been cut

Today was the deadline for President Trump to either verify that a new U.S. embassy had been opened in Jerusalem or affirm that the embassy would stay in Tel Aviv.

Had he not signed the waiver stating the location of the embassy, the State Department would lose about half of its funding for overseas buildings, which does include the embassy.

The President made it a Campaign Promise to move the Embassy back to Jerusalem

During his campaign for the Presidency, Mr. Trump repeatedly promised to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from its current location of Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem.

Due to this promise, Israelis and United States-based Israel supporters hoped that President Trump would support Israel’s interests better than the former President, Barack Obama, had (Mr. Obama had been notably anti-Israel and anti-two-state solution).

The Move comes as President Trump is trying to restore Peace between Israel and Palestine

Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could set any peace talks between the two nations back, even possibly ending all current discussion. Palestinian officials have already stated that this action would discredit the United States’ role as a mediator between the two countries.

With talks seemingly going well between the three nations (both Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have shown confidence in their conversations with the President), acting quickly on his campaign promise may not be the best answer to creating a lasting peace treaty that would set a two-state solution.

However, the President is not backing off his Promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem

Despite the claims that President Trump is backing off his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, White House officials have stated that Mr. Trump is not backing off his pledge at all.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the issue, saying “the question is not if that move happens, but only when.” He also noted that President Trump was delaying the move in an attempt to achieve a solid peace deal.

5 Facts: CIA, FBI, NSA Subpoenaed by House Intelligence Committee

On Wednesday afternoon, the House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas – including three to the intelligence agencies – in an effort to secure more information regarding any Trump/Russia ties. Here are five facts of the panel’s actions.

The CIA, FBI, and NSA all received Subpoenas

On Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s three prominent intelligence agencies – the National Security agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations – received subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee.

The Documents in question relate to the Unmasking of three Obama Officials

California Republican Representative Devin Nunes filed the subpoenas to gain access to a number of documents relating to three Obama officials: Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, CIA director John Brennan, and U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.

All three of the subpoenas deal with the unmasking – that is, exposing the true character or hidden truth about one – of these three former officials, showing the panel is investigating allegations that Obama officials had wrongfully demanded the unmasking of a few Trump officials.

Fox News reports that the names of the Trump officials appeared in code in classified intelligence reports and were later leaked out to several media agencies, purportedly by Obama-era officials.

The Democrats were upset about this move (That was when they found out)

Congressman Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, signed off on the subpoenas for the three agencies without the knowledge of his Democrat colleagues.

A source told Reuters that Mr. Nunes’ actions were well within his limits, saying, “Subpoenas related to the ‘unmasking’ issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee’s Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the minority’s (Democrats’) agreement.”

Another source for Reuters said that the Democrats did have knowledge of the subpoenas, having been “informed and consulted” of the measures before they were taken.

Four more Subpoenas were issued to various Trump campaign members

Adam Schiff (D-CA), the highest-ranking Democrat in the committee, issued four subpoenas that focus in on the alleged ties between members in Donald Trump’s administration and Russia.

Two of the subpoenas were focused on Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor and guinea pig for the Trump/Russia scandal. One of the subpoenas was for Mr. Flynn himself, while the other one was issued for Mr. Flynn’s firm: Flynn Intel Llc.

The other two subpoenas were focused on President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, with one subpoena issued to Mr. Cohen himself and the other to his business, Michael D. Cohen and Associates PC.

The Subpoenas are Duplicates, but show the House Intelligence Committee is still focusing on Trump/Russia

The subpoenas issued by Mr. Schiff to Mr. Flynn and his company and Mr. Cohen and his company are duplicates, reports say. The subpoenas issued to the three Obama-era officials are not duplicates, however, and figure to provide some insightful information into the leaks that have placed extra pressure and scrutiny on some members of the Trump administration.

One more takeaway of this latest set of subpoenas is that the Committee is still laser-focused on the Trump/Russia scandal, despite a lack of wrongdoing by the Trump campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of any collusion.

Sources:

WSJ – House Intelligence Panel Issues Seven Subpoenas as Russia Probe Ramps Up

Fox News – House Intelligence Committee sends subpoenas to intel agencies

Reuters – Dispute erupts over House panel subpoenas for CIA, FBI

5 Facts: President Trump to pull out of Paris Climate Deal, Multiple Reports Say

The Treaty was Signed just Last Year

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a treaty to combat the effects of humans on nature, was signed just last year on April 22, 2016.

More than 170 countries signed the measure, and world leaders like Barack Obama of the United States and Angela Merkel of Germany praised the deal for the positive effect it would have on the environment.

The Paris Deal is a Globalist Deal that hurts the American economy

The goal of the Paris Climate deal was to “combat climate change and adapt to its effect,” which would means shifting their energy sources from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of fuel like wind and solar power.

However, the deal is actually only a globalist deal that hurts Americans and the American economy by costing the U.S. a large amount of money, taking away American jobs, and reducing the efficiency of industry.

A study by Heritage Foundation economists shows the negative effects of the climate deal for Americans: a loss of approximately 400,000 jobs (half of those in the manufacturing sector), an income loss of about $20,000 per family of four, a GDP loss of over $2.5 trillion, and a 13-20% increase in electricity bills for the average family.

In addition, the proposed effects the implemented measures are not going to come to fruition, either. Instead of the proposed 2-degree drop in global temperatures, there would be only a .2-degree drop in global temperatures if the U.S. eliminated all carbon emissions or approximately a .4-degree drop if all of the countries in the Industrial world eliminated their carbon emissions.

President Trump Promised to get out the Deal on the Campaign Trail

On his campaign trail, now-President Donald Trump pledged to withdraw from the deal immediately after taking office.

In addition, President Trump has said multiple times that climate change is a “hoax” created by the Chinese to hurt the American economy, angering many scientists and world leaders alike.

However, some of his Officials Mulled over his Promise

Despite Mr. Trump’s assertion to leave the agreement, it seems like President Trump’s administration were skeptical on pulling out on the deal, while some mulled over leaving the deal, or at the very least, revising the deal.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil (a company that drills and sells fuel), favored remaining in the pact, while Chief Strategist Steve Bannon opposed the measure and wants to immediately leave the pact.

However, Mr. Trump’s daughter and son-in-law (who are both advisors to the President) are split over what action the President should take on the agreement. Ivanka Trump, his daughter and heavily relied-upon advisor, wanted to stay in the agreement, while Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and Senior Advisor, thought the deal was bad and needed revision.

New Reports show that the President will pull out of the Measure

First reported by Axios news outlet, President Trump will indeed pull out of the Paris Climate Deal, despite calls by foreign leaders, scientists, and even the pope, to stay in the pact.

The move will also erase another part of former President Barack Obama’s legacy, as Mr. Obama has been adamant on the deal and recently praised it in a wave of expensive speeches in Europe.

Mr. Trump was unwilling to commit to either side of the argument during the recent G7 summit, tweeting multiple times that he will announce his decision in the upcoming days.

Although no official announcement has been made, it is all but certain the President will pull out of the Paris Climate Deal in the next couple of days.

Read More on Mr. Trump’s Plan to Exit the Paris Deal

AP – Trump Resisting Pressure from Europe, Pope on Climate Deal

Reuters – Trump planning to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal: source

The Daily Signal – Why Trump Can and Should Pull Out of Paris Climate Change Agreement