Washington, D.C. – Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) released an updated version of its Energy Poverty video, elaborating on the terrible human cost of “climate” policies (with no actual projected impact on climate), noting political and legal developments since President Trump’s dramatic announcement on June 1, 2017, that the United States would withdraw from the United Nations-led Paris global warming treaty.

In his Rose Garden address, the President said, “The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.”

Leading up to the announcement, President Trump faced intense lobbying from leaders around the world, the domestic and international corporate media, multinational corporations, universities, think tanks, and numerous other external entities.  The cries were heard loudest from those who have a vested interest in the $1.5 trillion global climate change industry.  Trump took a clear and unequivocal stance during his presidential campaign that he would withdraw the U.S. from the unfair and improperly “ratified” Paris treaty as a purely executive agreement — that legal fiction of the Obama White House making the U.S. an outlier among nations. After taking office, he faced intense internal pressure to flip-flop on his promise to the American people, from Obama holdovers, career staff and even some “Remain” appointees of his own.

Those appointees — including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Goldman Sachs official, now chair of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn — profess to support the President. Nonetheless, this past weekend, as President Trump prepared for his first formal address to the United Nations, the Wall Street Journal reported that the President may be open to staying in the Paris Treaty, suggesting he was softening on his unequivocal June 1st announcement.  The White House quickly refuted the Journal’s assertion and reaffirmed that the President’s position had not changed.

“The fact that the recent “Remain” story was orchestrated in the first place, certainly driven in part by administration appointees, is a clear indication of the ongoing battle to get the President to reverse course before he actually, formally withdraws the illegitimate claim that the U.S. ratified the Paris treaty”, said Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) President Craig Richardson.  “The President, along with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House Counsel’s Office, have taken a lifesaving position in ensuring global elitists both here and abroad don’t shipwreck the U.S. economy through climate policies that have already devastated Europe, and we commend him and urge him to stay strong, and recognize what is truly at stake.”

The new video opens with the President’s June 1st Rose Garden announcement on the Paris Treaty, and then features news coverage from Europe, where former President Obama used to tell Americans to look if they want to see how these policies will work. It also notes that, as predicted, despite all of the misleading sales pitches of a “non-binding” pact lawyers have already stormed the 9th Circuit federal Court of Appeals arguing that the Paris treaty must be held against the U.S..

Headlines from newspapers of all stripes, as well as claims by left-wing groups and social service organizations decry what they acknowledge is the “scandal” of these many premature deaths, generally from hypothermia.  Unlike computer-prophesied scenarios of the future, these deaths are real, they are occurring now in dramatically increasing numbers each winter.  They are a direct, disgraceful result of government policies in the name of a fashionable cause that we know cannot rationally be what it purports to be, given these policies have no projected climate impact.

This campaign to promote the environmentalists’ anti-energy agenda turns morality on its head, and the public needs to know what, it seems, many advisers are apparently unwilling to let on.  The evidence is clear and continued ignorance of the truth should no longer be tolerated.

“The battle to extricate the United States from this unfair, constitutionally repugnant and morally bankrupt global warming treaty is far from over, and we stand ready to do our part in educating the public on how these polices have already been tried in Europe and people are dying as a result,” Richardson concluded.

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The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) is a 501(c)(3) organization engaged in strategic litigation, policy research, and public education on important energy and environmental issues. Primarily through its petition litigation and transparency practice areas, E&E Legal seeks to correct onerous federal and state policies that hinder the economy, increase the cost of energy, eliminate jobs, and do little or nothing to improve the environment.