TUCSON, Ariz., June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans owe President Trump a huge debt of gratitude for withdrawing the U.S. from the "Mad Hatter Climate Tea Party," stated Jane Orient, M.D., President of Physicians for Civil Defense.
"The U.S. was pushed into supporting the disastrous Paris climate agreement by dire, model- and agenda-based predictions of 'irrevocable damage' to the planet and to public health unless we took 'aggressive, concerted' efforts to 'curb greenhouse gas emissions,'" she stated.
The agreement requires enormous wealth transfers from the U.S. to rulers of poorer countries through the Green Climate Fund, and severe restrictions on the use of the fuels that provide 80 percent of our energy.
Achieving the emissions-reduction goals of Paris might result in a global average temperature about 0.2 degrees Celsius less than it otherwise might have been by 2100, if models are correct—so far, their predictions have been seriously inaccurate. The cost is estimated to be a $4 trillion/year carbon tax, and $6.5 trillion/year until 2030 to replace today's affordable fuels with costly, unreliable "renewables" (wind and solar).
The average American family would spend an extra $30,000 in 10 years just on electricity. "Poorer Americans would be making 'heat or eat' decisions just as many Europeans are already doing," Dr. Orient said.
She observes that the consortium of medical societies deploring President Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris fail to explain how a barely measurable drop in average global temperature could prevent the horrors they predict (vector-borne diseases, food insecurity, flooding, adverse obstetrical outcomes, etc.). And the cost is simply ignored.
In 1979, the late Isaac Asimov wrote that the worst likely catastrophe, one which could bring down human civilization, was energy starvation. Abundant energy is necessary for modern life itself, as well as for remedying problems ranging from pollution to water shortage.
"The Paris agreement could lead to that type of disaster, for no perceptible benefit," Dr. Orient said. "And the UN calls it only a 'first step.' The poorest people would be hurt the most."
"President Trump exercised commendable leadership in standing up to pressure from those expecting to receive the subsidies," she said. "He stood for common sense and for the forgotten people who would be paying the costs."
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Contact: Jane M. Orient, M.D., (520) 323-3110, firstname.lastname@example.org
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