Fox News takes misguided left turn at Paris climate exit

Wallace's attack ignored the economic consequences for the U.S. of submitting to the UN

Television audiences didn’t have to click their remotes to MSNBC, ABC, ESPN, or CBS in order to get a terrifying and traumatic take on President Trump’s decision to walk away from terms of his predecessor’s Paris Climate Accord. Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace, who covered the White House Rose Garden announcement, accomplished this role very well.

Wallace’s narrative revealed the same ideologically alarmist mind-set evidenced in his earlier April 2 “Fox News Sunday” program interview with EPA Director Scott Pruitt. He made repeated references to “CO2 pollution,” derisively labeling global warming doom and gloom skeptics as “climate changes deniers.”

Trump Administration officials obviously recognized the futility of responding to a media climate alarm feeding frenzy with sound bite-sized tidbits, which threw more red meat into a political science swamp. Instead, they publicly attributed the Paris Climate Accord decision to rejecting a lousy and unfair deal for America.

As the President said, “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage” over the U.S.

Reasserting America’s sovereignty, Trump left no doubt about whose interests he represented: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” As for revisiting the matter later, he asserted clarity on that too: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

And if we can’t, just how catastrophic will that be? If wildly successful, the Paris deal won’t reduce an estimated increase of mean global temperatures more than 0.17º C by the century’s end . . . far less than the 2º C hyperventilating climate activists predict will flood Al Gore’s $9 million coastal California property.

Speaking of California, some may be comforted to know that the state has recently enacted actions to cork a tearfully flatulent cow-caused climate crisis. The California Air Resources Board has issued regulations requiring the livestock industry to cut methane emissions to 40% of 2013 levels by 2030. Dairies are targeted for 75% of that reduction.

Isn’t it only fair then that climate regulation crusaders Ben and Jerry be required to issue public warnings that the milk they put into their ice cream is killing polar bears? After all, this is exactly the sort of dilemma faced by fossil-energy producers which, unlike ice cream, create products we really do depend upon.

Take, for example, a vote by 62% of Exxon shareholders led by giant funds Vanguard, Fidelity, and Black Rock demanding that the company explain how Obama’s Paris temperature targets would affect its business. Among other things, they wanted to know whether a carbon tax would help or hurt their investments.

As reported in The Wall Street Journal, it could go either way. Whereas new regulations might cause an added drag on oil profits, they might prove to be a boon for Exxon as the top producer of natural gas.

Paris impacts on other industries are far clearer. Honoring President Obama’s commitment to reduce U.S. CO2 emissions between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 would impose stringent EPA emission controls and cost penalties upon virtually all sectors of the American economy. Included are steel production, transportation, agriculture and everything else that requires energy.

Those painful expense burdens would fall heaviest upon shoulders of consumers who can least afford them. Conversely, the world’s champion CO2 emitter China and runnerup India are getting free passes. The agreement doesn’t require China to even begin reducing emissions until 2030. Meanwhile they will continue to add lots more coal to their energy mix.

They aren’t alone. Germany, a leading Paris deal proponent, burns more and more coal to compensate for nuclear energy cutbacks and power shortages resulting from growing reliance upon unreliable and anemic solar and wind. Coal provided 40% of Germany’s total power last year, with heavily subsidized renewables accounting for 30%.

There’s little wonder then that the reported average German residential electricity in 2012 was approximately three times higher per kilowatt hour than in the U.S. The same 2014 Manhattan Institute study also reported that energy costs throughout the EU soared 55% from 2005 to 2013.

Speaking on the occasion of his 100th day in office, President Trump described the Paris deal as but another one-sided international agreement, “where the United States pays billions of dollars while China, Russia, and India have contributed and will contribute nothing.” He added, “That means factories and plants closing all over our country. Here we go again. Not with me, folks.”

Sadly, I had hoped that Chris Wallace might at least finally give the President some credit for standing firm for economic and environmental sanity. We should be grateful that Trump refused to be trampled by stampeding Paris lemmings.

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About the Author: Larry Bell

Larry Bell

CFACT Advisor Larry Bell heads the graduate program in space architecture at the University of Houston. He founded and directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. He is also the author of "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax."

  • Gary Hall

    Chris Wallace performed even worse in his Sunday morning interview of Al Gore, allowing Gore to spew all sorts of weather alarmist nonsense seemingly caused by AGW/ACC, and offering no challenges to any of it:

    GORE: ” . .a lot of serious damage has been done.

    Greenland, for example, has been losing one cubic kilometer of ice every single day.

    I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day.

    The same thing was true in Honolulu just two days ago, just from high tides because of the sea level rise now.

    A nature hike through the book of Revelations:

    These downpours and historic floods. We’ve had 11 once in a 1000 year downpours in the US just in the last 10 years.

    We’ve got these wildfires that become mega-fires now.

    70% of Florida is in drought today.

    Missouri declared an emergency just a couple of days ago because of another one of these [droughts?].

    The long-term trend of SLR in Honolulu is 5.64 in/100 yrs, with no acceleration anywhere in the record (just like every other location on the globe), per NOAA’s data. Would someone ask Al Gore to explain just how much of that SLR is naturally occurring, and just how much was added to it because of AGW/ACC? AGW doesn’t begin, in any observable sort of way, until the 1970’s – isn’t that their consensus view? So what ever SLR which has occurred up to this point has to be all, if not almost all, naturally occurring.

    Why can’t any journalist (or politicians) in the country seem to learn any thing about the facts?

    One way to improve the conversation (bring the audience into the ‘thinking’ arena) is to always distinguish between GW and AGW, as well as between CC and ACC.

    The discussion has deteriorated to the point where it’s seemingly no assumed that all GW is caused by man, and that all CC is caused by AGW.

    They are not the same thing.