The Trump administration says it is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement of the U.N. climate treaty.
Here’s the thing: the U.S. is actually not leaving the negotiations. In fact, it’s continuing to attend the climate treaty meeting solely for the purposes of bullying the rest of the world into advancing the fossil fuel industry’s obstructionist agenda.
The truth is, when it comes to the climate treaty negotiations, the United States has always been a powerful player pushing for toothless climate policy. The U.S. delegation has always served the interests of Big Polluters over the planet and people. But the slick PR coming from the White House has often hidden this oily agenda.
Now, there’s no hiding. Just look at the man leading the State Department under Trump: former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The fossil fuel industry is showing its hand in pushing its agenda more aggressively -- and more frantically -- than ever before. And, as Naomi Klein has pointed out, this is a sign that people power is winning.
But it’s up to us to give Big Polluters the final push -- out in the open and out of climate policy.