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Cohn: Trump’s Views on Paris Climate Accord “Evolving”

Uh oh. You know what that means. When a president’s views are “evolving,” that means he feels he needs to take his time flip flopping so that it doesn’t look too much like he flip flopped.

You know, like George H.W. Bush’s views on abortion “evolved” so he could be Reagan’s vice president. And Barack Obama’s views on gay marriage “evolved” once he felt it wouldn’t keep him from winning elections.

During the campaign, as you know, President Trump was completely clear about withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement, which requires countries to slash their carbon emissions.

Trump at the G7 in Italy May 26, 2017
Trump at the G7 in Italy May 26, 2017

But now, he’s in the White House, and Trump has surrounded himself with moderate Republicans and Democrats like National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and so he’s getting lots of new information.

“His views are evolving, he came here to learn and get smarter,” Cohn told reporters in Italy where Trump is meeting with G7 leaders. I’ve never heard an aide suggest a president needed to “get smarter,” but there you go.

Somehow, I’m pretty sure his views are not evolving towards hating the Paris accords even more.

“He said, ‘I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that,'” Cohn said.

And as you and I know, once he understands the issues and is aware of all the settled science lying around, he will come to the “right” decision.

Coal miners be damned.

UPDATE: Cohn also said that coal “doesn’t really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” and that by exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the United Staates “can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.”

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17 Responses to Cohn: Trump’s Views on Paris Climate Accord “Evolving”

    • How much longer before Trump and associates leave the country in exile? This guy is like Madoff. Turned you all into suckers thinking he’d make America great. instead he commits treason and lines his own pocket, while you’re screaming MAGA.

  1. As long as Ivanka and Jared are the reigning libs the President will probably evolve a lot from his original positions and promises.

    I have no problems with family members, really. But they should be of the same political thinking and track as those who voted in the President. Ivanka Trump is not and I resent her influence in the Administration.

    • I see Ivanka, Jared, Cohn all in the same camp. And they are all registered Democrats. Cohn is in to an important position to ignore pronouncements such as this. And I hope the coal miners give Trump an ear full.

  2. We don’t need the ‘good guys’ & patriots doubting and bashing Trump. We are in a war and we all need to recognize our ideals are going to take a while. Trump knows what he’s doing. One step at a time. He’s a pragmatist and understands how to prioritize. The enormous forces working against him are almost insurmountable and ONLY someone like Trump could have even survived it this long. He’s a negotiator. Trust him. He is our only chance and if we all keep nit picking, expecting perfected ideals, we are going to wind up with a burned down country. It only takes a minority, an idiot army to do it. And if you look around you’ll see that Merkel, Obama, Soros, the Clintons, big money, Hollywood, the media, Academia, all those they’ve duped and all those who are reliant on dirty money are doing everything in their power to destroy him and America with him. This is serious business so I suggest all those who are still using their brains and value our liberties, start defending him, standing up for him and helping him rather than hurting.

    • It’s still America. I can walk and chew gum. I can support President Trump 100% and disagree with his choice to bring in others who work against those things I voted against and he spoke against.

      And if we are in a war, which I agree we are, it is pretty sloppy to let the weak links go in the hopes of fixing them later. They march on. Bad actors slip in through every crack.

      This is a strange place to come and suggest our support for this President is weak. We’re a pretty loyal bunch.

  3. America can lead on climate without the massive wealth transfer scam that the Paris agreement is.
    What says it all is how none of those other countries seem willing to abide by it if America won’t.
    Translation: If we can’t cripple American economic growth, it’s just not that good of a deal.

    • Among the many problems of the “Paris Accord”–neither Russian nor China, two of the world’s largest polluters, are not part of the Accord. Without them on board, it’s meaningless (which we know it is anyway, since the Accord more bureaucratic political control than science).

      • Someday, I’ll learn to type. It should read:

        “Among the many problems of the “Paris Accord”–neither Russia nor China, two of the world’s largest polluters, are part of the Accord. Without them on board, it’s meaningless (which we know it is anyway, since the Accord more bureaucratic political control than science).”

        • Should read “…. Russia nor China, two of the world’s largest polluters, are NOT part of the Accord.” Sheesh. I’m not driving my car today. My brain isn’t up to the task. ;+}

  4. TRUMP WILL GO OVER ALL THE PRO’S AND CONS BUT MOST OF ALL WHAT THE CITIZENS WILL BENEFIT MOSTLY BY HIS DECISION…OUR PRESIDENT IS FOR THE PEOPLE ,WHICH HASN’T HAPPEN IN MANY MANY YEARS. OUR PRESIDENT WILL ALWAYS PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST ,NOT LIKE YOUR POLITICIANS THAT WE ALL ARE SO FAMILIAR WITH…