Trump v. Planet
US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is perhaps the most absurd decision in a long series absurd decisions made by the USA’s newest president since his election last year. President Trump’s impulsive decision making, single-minded thinking and inability with empathise with anyone’s perspective but his own has set the US - and by extension, the world - down a very dangerous path.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president said in a speech following his landmark decision. This statement typifies the billionaire celebrity turned president who has shown to be somewhat honest in following through with many of his eccentric campaign promises. The “America first” mentality he has displayed in his time in office thus far is unprecedented in the recent history of the office of US president; and coupled with his overt demagoguery has proven to be a dangerous cocktail whose full effects may be felt for many years to come.
President Trump is not thinking like the leader of the most economically powerful nation on earth, his mercantilist leadership style is a relic of the age of colonisation. He seems hellbent on reversing the actions of his predecessors who despite their relentless imperialism, did seem interested in creating a somewhat globalised world. Whether a more globalised world would be better or worse for the nations of the world is up for debate; what should not be up for debate however is the state of our planet. President Trump has said that he “cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States” he further justified his decision by pointing a proverbial finger at the great Chinese bogeyman as well as India whose restrictions were not as stringent under the 2015 accord.
President Trump has decided to wage war on the current world order, aiming to reshape the world to fit whatever he perceives as “making America great again”; even if that means disagreeing with 194 other countries around the world.