Vice President Mike Pence went beyond the usual Republican argument against combating climate change, and instead foolishly claimed that he has no idea why the world, which he characterized as the left, is concerned about climate change.
Video of Pence on Fox and Friends:
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Pence said, “We’ve demonstrated real leadership. We’ve demonstrated real progress, but for some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world. Through Kyoto through President Obama’s cap and trade agenda, and then in the last year of his administration have America saddled in an international agreement in the Paris accord, I think put a real burden on our economy and our people.”
The Paris agreement was signed by every country but war-torn Syria, and Nicaragua, who believed that the agreement didn’t go far enough.
Paris isn’t an agreement of the left. It is an agreement of the entire world, so Pence was not honest. The goals for the United States in the Paris accord were voluntary, so Trump could have lowered them to zero if he wanted to, and still stayed in the deal. America was never “saddled” with anything. Obama never had a cap and trade agenda, and the economy grew at record levels under Obama with solar energy jobs doubling, and more people employed in solar than are employed in oil and gas.
Pence made a fool out of himself as he tried to defend a decision that only benefits polluters with nonsense.
Nothing that Vice President said was true. His defense didn’t make sense. There is a reason why Pence is only appearing on conservative media to defend Trump. What this president did was indefensible.
He abandoned US global leadership.
In moments like these, it is easy to see that Pence has completely tied his future to Trump. When Trump goes down, Mike Pence is going with him.