President Trump has asked his daughter Ivanka, a fashion designer, to review the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate change agreement, which was signed for the purpose of reducing global CO2 emissions blamed for global warming
Ivanka Thinks Liberals Will Like Her Father
May 19, 2017 By Cliff Kincaid
One of the side effects of the anti-Trump liberal media propaganda is that many conservatives automatically jump to the President’s defense, even as he continues on a suicidal course, such as a scheduled Thursday meeting with news anchors. This is like a bleeding man jumping into the water with sharks, enticing them to engage in a feeding frenzy.
The only notion more naïve is that liberals will start to like Donald Trump if he does their bidding, such as allowing the U.S. to remain in President Obama’s Paris climate change agreement.
Remember that President Trump called global warming a “hoax,” and implied that he would pull the U.S. out of the agreement.
Yet, NASA continues to promote the notion that human beings are causing dramatic changes to the climate. NASA research on “climate change,” or “global warming,” is subsumed under the “Earth Science” section of the NASA budget that has a line item of $453.2 million.
And you thought NASA was all about outer space.
What’s more, the leader of a NASA-funded climate change project is scheduled to speak about the dangers of capitalism at an event sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), a spin-off from the old Communist Party USA.
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) professor David Klein runs the NASA-funded Climate Science Program at CSUN. A mathematical physicist and professor of mathematics at CSUN, Klein also co-founded the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and sponsors the CSUN “Boycott Israel Resource Page.”
The CCDS currently offers a booklet, “Vietnam: From National Liberation to 21st Century Socialism,” glorifying the communist dictatorship which was established when American troops withdrew from Southeast Asia and communist military forces seized South Vietnam. More than 55,000 Americans gave their lives to keep South Vietnam free.
In addition to its roots in the Moscow-funded Communist Party USA, the CCDS is probably best known as a launching pad for the career of Van Jones, the former Obama official turned CNN commentator. Jones was forced out of the Obama administration as the “Green Jobs Czar” when his communist past came to light.
Klein’s books include Capitalism and Climate Change: The Science and Politics of Global Warming. In what passes for scientific literature these days, the cover of the book shows a big dollar sign on a melting earth.
“The second part of the book clarifies and illuminates the role of capitalism in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis and related dangers,” the synopsis explains. “Clear evidence and compelling arguments are presented to demonstrate the impossibility of adequately addressing the climate crisis within the framework of capitalism.”
The Klein talk for CCDS is advertised as a telephone discussion that requires use of the password “ecosocialism” in order to listen and participate. That seems appropriate.
We are told that the CSUN Climate Science Program was created with funding from NASA. Students are “encouraged to enroll in climate science courses offered through this program, housed within the Departments of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Geography.”
This is how a “consensus” in favor of “climate change” develops. Federal money is used to pay professors who “educate” students about the current socialist agenda, leading to the production of more scientists who accept the consensus that they’re told already exists. This, in turn, leads to media acceptance of the “consensus,” by virtue of the sheer numbers of professors accepting the theory and seeking more federal money to validate it.
Klein’s talk is part of an ongoing CCDS socialist agenda that goes by the catchy title, “Resist, Resist, Resist the White House agenda. Build, Build, Build the Progressive Majority.”
Described as a longtime activist in many different left-wing causes, Klein is the faculty advisor for the CSUN’s Students for Justice in Palestine and for the CSUN Greens. His website tells us that “The U.S. Green party has endorsed BDS and the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.”
The BDS is the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
Accuracy in Media was unable to discover how much taxpayer money from NASA was used to underwrite Klein’s anti-capitalist campaign, but we did discover at least some of the funding for the CSUN Climate Science Program came through a program called NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE).
The NICE website declares, “Seventy-one NICE projects, located at organizations across the United States, have been awarded funds thus far through NICE and its predecessor projects—NASA’s Global Climate Change Education and Innovations in Global Climate Change Education—for developing innovative and engaging ways to better educate students and the public on the science surrounding climate.”
No wonder your kids are coming home from school believing in the climate change hysteria.
President Trump has asked his daughter Ivanka, a fashion designer, to review the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate change agreement, which was signed for the purpose of reducing the global CO2 emissions blamed for global warming, or climate change.
But Obama refused to submit the agreement for Congressional approval, and Trump with a stroke of the pen can pull the U.S. out.
It’s mystifying why Trump has not followed through. One possible explanation is that his daughter Ivanka wants him to maintain the flawed agreement. She apparently thinks this will make her father more acceptable to the liberals.
Somebody should brief her on the Watergate madness that consumed the presidency of Richard Nixon.
Why Hasn’t Trump Canceled Obama’s Onerous Climate Deal?
One of the central themes of President Donald Trump’s campaign was the need to extricate the United States from international agreements that hurt American jobs and unfairly disadvantage American companies versus foreign competitors. Another major theme was the promise to reverse Obama’s regulatory power grabs that dramatically expanded government control over our lives without the approval of Congress. Those two themes came together in a very concrete promise when Trump said: “We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”
So why hasn’t it happened yet? Public reports indicate that there is an ongoing pitched battle between the president’s top advisers on whether he should keep his campaign promise or abandon it. And my own private sources in the administration believe the promise-breakers may be gaining the upper hand.
Their argument is that America can remain in the agreement while revising its draconian emissions reduction goals in order to “keep a seat at the table.” Bad idea.
The Paris treaty effectively bans coal-fired power plants in the United States while China has 368 coal plants under construction and over 800 in the planning stage. India’s coal production under the deal is allowed to double by 2020 – and they are likely to have emissions much higher than what they promised. Even Europe is allowed to build coal plants. It forces Americans to endure painful cuts while the rest of the world continues with business as usual.
Even worse, American taxpayers will be forced to cough up $100 billion in climate-related foreign aid by 2020, with the promise of much more to follow.
As Trump observed on the stump:
“President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords – unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress. This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America.”
The idea that we could adjust how draconian the cuts are and remain in the agreement depends on a dicey matter of legal interpretation.
Article 4.11 of the Paris treaty says “A Party may at any time adjust its existing nationally determined contribution with a view to enhancing its level of ambition.”
Is easing off the energy rationing by allowing higher emissions enhancing ambition? Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Moreover, with the EPA undertaking an effort to reverse Obama-era regulations designed to make electricity prices “necessary skyrocket” via draconian emissions cuts, accepting the validity of the Paris agreement will hand environmentalist groups and state attorneys general a powerful weapon that could derail the entire deregulatory effort. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, for instance, almost certainly has the issue fully briefed.
State Department lawyers insist these concerns can be ignored. White House Counsel Don McGahn reportedly disagrees and sees these as very real vulnerabilities – and who can doubt that the environmentalists and liberal state AGs are likely to find the most anti-Trump judges they can to see things their way?
Even if the agreement could be reconfigured to lessen the burden of its cuts to American energy use, it would be a huge mistake to accept the legal legitimacy of Obama’s move to enter the United States into a treaty regime identical in form and structure to previous global warming treaties without the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.
Phil Kerpen is head of American Commitment and a leading free-market policy analyst and advocate in Washington. Kerpen was the principal policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity for over five years. He previously worked at the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.