Guest Post: An Open Letter to The Republican Party, After Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement

Hello all,

Today we have something of a different type of content: an open letter to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party about the consequences of the President’s choice to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Everything written below this paragraph belongs to today’s guest writer–my father, Rick Weidner, and is published here with his permission and my full endorsement.

I wanted to thank the President for aligning us with Syria and Nicaragua rather than all the other nations of the world as regards climate change.

It is hard to imagine that any modern person with an IQ above 70 would see this as a good idea. There are any number of intelligent, informed scientists who would be happy to explain it to him. (Bill Nye would be thrilled I’m sure.)

Perhaps Mr. Trump prefers that his grandchildren grow up cursing his name because they will spend their whole lives wearing gas-masks and living underground since the earth (or the majority of it anyway) will be uninhabitable in 50 years at the rate we’re going.

No matter: He and his oil buddies will make their money; the rest of us, the world and the future be dammed.

This is taking care of the little guy? This is making America great again? It is much better characterized as driving the whole human project into the ditch! (Credit to Harris, 2016 for the phrase).

I know, I know; he won the electoral college and it was a campaign promise. The three million voter advantage that his opponent enjoyed says something quite different. It would be nice if the President would act like there were other people in the country and world besides the top .01% of the income bracket. Seems odd too, since so many other campaign promises were ignored or reversed. I guess we’ll know what it was about when Russia withdraws.

In the meantime, thanks again for putting the very future at peril.


Rick Weidner

End note: as of today’s writing (June 2nd), Russian President Vladimir Putin has endorsed President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.