HERE'S TRUMP TODAY, TEARING UP THE PARIS COP 21 ACCORD... NOT QUITE

SOURCE: HANK BOERNER, TRENDS CONVERGING! UPDATE

The media headlines were immediately blaring out of Washington DC today as President Donald Trump held forth at the Rose Garden podium, pulling the official support of the United States of America from the multi-nation (190-plus) agreement on climate change reached in Paris. It was a pure Trumpian move, in the style that we are becoming accustomed to seeing. Campaign bluster continues into public governance, with real or perceived results intended to encourage the 2016 base.

Remember Paris? The campaign promise was executed and the supporters sent the signal: I kept my promise to tear up the agreement of the Obama Administration to join the Paris Accord (COP 21).

And the sop to the other half or then some of the country (those in favor of staying in the global agreement to limit temperate rise and cut carbon emissions, and more to protect our planet): We will re-negotiate the agreement, or, we'll start down the path to create a new agreement. Not quite a tearing up of the paper, is it?

So the glass is half full and half empty and everyone should be happy and/or unhappy now, as chaos reigns, and depending on where they stand on the Paris Agreement -- and the future of America's leadership in climate change issues and global warming challenges.

There are now three nations standing off from the unified pack (of 193 other sovereign countries): Nicaragua, Syria and the United States of America. The USA -- for now, is the leader of the Free World and the example for other nations and peoples. But as author and CNN's Fareed Zakaria said today, "the United States just resigned" from that position!

So what do we do about: rising sea levels; heat waves; increasing drought conditions; melting polar caps; climate change conditions creating civil unrest in various countries; the opportunity for the USA to be the global leader in innovative products & services that can address climate change challenges? The answers may come another day.

For now, we apparently are on a course that is moving backward from being the global leader in addressing these climate change challenges -- and embracing business opportunities therein -- at least from the perspective of the Federal government under Trump and the 115th Congress.

We shall see if other campaign promises can be implemented as "sound governance" to bring back coal mining, with jobs coming back to miners in Appalachia. (That means "tearing up" other environmental protection laws, statutes, rules, agreements, etc.)

Not so fast...

The U.S. business community stood fast against the abandonment of the Paris Accord, including: General Electric; ExxonMobil (whose former CEO is now Secretary of State, and in favor of staying in the agreement); Microsoft; IBM; Salesforce; HP; Goldman Sachs; Shell Oil US; Chevron; even Cloud Peak Energy, a large American coal company!

The trend to watch here is well stated by GE Chair Jeff Immelt: Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.

And by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft: We’re disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our part to achieve its goals.

And watch private citizens rising to the challenge, cheered on by sustainability leaders like former Vice President and "climate champion" Al Gore: Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America's standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity's ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

But make no mistake: if President Trump won't lead, the American People will. Civil leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors, and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump's decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.

In Trends Converging!, there is a chapter on the Paris COP 21 meetings and the USA's position coming out of the conference. I pointed out that President Barack Obama did not submit the agreement to the United States Senate, to be ratified (by 2/3) by senators. The votes were not there and President Obama wanted to avoid the fate of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, in failing to get the Senate to ratify the League of Nations membership for the USA.

There were disastrous results of that decision by the Senate in the years that followed. Numerous experts have pointed to the eventual rise of fascist leaders in Europe and Asia who would take the world into a second "Great War" (1939-1945).

Said Woodrow Wilson about the need for America to lead at the important hinge of history: The stage is set; the destiny disclosed. It has come about by no plan of our conceiving, but by the hand of God, who led us into this way. We cannot turn back. We can only go forward, with lifted eyes and freshened spirit, to follow the vision. It was of this that we dreamed at our birth (of the nation). American shall in truth show the way. The light streams upon the path ahead, and nowhere else.

The U.S. Senate disagreed. George Santayana, the philosopher, famously advised: historian has said: Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it...

President Obama attempted to avoid the fate of Woodrow Wilson and his crusade to ensure the hard-won peace and assure a great future for the United States of America.

The story about the Paris Agreement and the U.S. government's position on climate change is not over yet, we suggest. The reactions are just beginning.