by Lowell Ponte

When President Donald Trump kept his campaign pledge to reject the Paris Climate Accord, he offered to accept the agreement if it could be renegotiated to be more fair to the United States.

Germany, France, and Italy had all declared this agreement essential to the future survival of humankind. But their instant response to President Trump was uncompromising. Not a word of the Paris Accord could be changed.
Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle
This tells us all we need to know. The Paris agreement – which was never a treaty because President Barack Obama refused to submit it for the constitutionally-required two-thirds Senate ratification – was never really about global climate change.

Donald Trump in 2009 signed an ad with other business leaders to “strengthen and pass United States legislation” like that being proposed by the climate conference in Copenhagen. But his eyes soon opened, and later that year Trump joined the Republican Party.

The Copenhagen effort fizzled after “Climategate,” the leak of private emails by prominent scientists boasting that they had been able to manipulate their data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures. They also bragged to one another of preventing skeptical scientists from being published in scientific journals. People began to doubt the honesty and data of warming alarmist “scientists” who replaced the fundamental tenets of science with their own zealous dogma and propaganda.

The first permanent head of the European Union, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, had declared that “2009 is…the first year of global governance,” in large part because “the climate conference in Copenhagen is [a] step towards the global management of our planet.”

United Nations climate change policy head at the United Nations, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figures, declared that the climate agenda is being used to “change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” She aims, in other words, to change capitalism, as Craig R. Smith and I explain in our latest book, Money, Morality & The Machine.

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said one of the heads of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Ottmar Endenhofer. “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy,” said Endenhofer. “This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore….”

The goal of the Paris Climate Accord is squeezing up to $100 Trillion out of the United States in coming decades, expropriating and transferring our wealth to other countries and the U.N., and tying us up in the same “green” political regulations and lawsuits that have made European countries non-competitive in global markets. (Germany’s Volkswagen competes, but it falsified its cars’ emission data….one of the endless examples of how foreign nations cheat on environmental agreements.)

The global warming issue has always been about making government bigger, taxes higher, and the private sector smaller and weaker. No wonder that a whistleblower revealed how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had manipulated data so that government could advance its Progressive, anti-free market, pro-big government agenda via false climate alarmism.

Should it surprise us that government scientists are a special interest group, just as they accuse oil or coal companies of being? Or that many of these global warming True Believers only a few years ago told us an Ice Age was fast approaching? Or that the scientists argue among themselves about warming’s prime cause – carbon dioxide or soot? – so their understanding of Earth’s changing climate is absurdly uncertain.

Is it really worth $100 Trillion and more than 6 million lost American jobs for the unscientific hope of reducing Earth’s temperature by 0.2 degrees C by year 2100? Why believe in a Paris Accord that “cannot be renegotiated?”

To Progressives, this agreement’s real purpose from the outset was never to “save the Earth,” but to loot and disempower the United States, undermine capitalism, and collectivize our economy and society under an unelected ruling elite. This explains the Left’s fury that President Trump was elected after promising to end the Paris Accord, and that he has kept his promise to thwart their deceptive plans.

To schedule a fascinating interview with Lowell Ponte — author of a renowned book about climate change; former Roving Science Editor at Reader’s Digest; and a veteran think tank futurist – contact: Sandy Frazier at 516-735-5468 or email

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