yOn June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced he would have the United States withdraw from the Paris accords and the Paris agreement. His reasons were simple. He said the agreement would put the United States at an economic disadvantage when compared to other countries such as China. Trump stated there were financial obligations required of the United States which were unfair. The regulations imposed by the agreement would harm American industry and over time, reduce American household income. Trump finally suggested only the United States would suffer these impacts.
To cite his information, Trump used a study from the National Economic Research Associates. You can see the full study here. What is interesting is the study cited is a simulation of various scenarios the United States would have to take to reach the goals necessary to reduce emissions by 80%. The study said current US policy, even that under President Obama, was insufficient to meet those goals. The study then, was not an assessment of current US policy, but an assessment of what the United States would need to do and the economic impacts of this simulation. As we all know, a simulation is not quite reality. Also, the study did not simulate impacts of other countries. This was not a comparison then, as Trump repeatedly stated in his address.
I do not believe President Trump is familiar with the Paris Agreement, the study he cited, nor anything else regarding environmental economics. He said the Agreement would reduce coal jobs, but the Agreement says nothing about reducing coal jobs. All contributions by nations according to the Paris Agreement are voluntary. If Donald Trump does not want to give money to the United Nations for climate change, the United States does not have to and could still be a part of the Agreement.
Since Donald Trump does not even believe in climate change, what other motivations are there his decision? What could Donald Trump be disagreeing with?
I will summarize statements from the Paris Agreement and use evidence from Donald Trump’s actions.
1) Donald Trump disagrees with the principle of equity affirmed by the Paris Agreement. Throughout Trump’s business career, he has been well-known to exclude non-white minorities from much of his investment. Who in Trump’s inner circle is not white? Where in Africa has Trump invested? What non-white person has Trump praised for a specific value or act?
2) Donald Trump disagrees with the idea there are certain developing nations who are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Which developing nations are not a white majority? Has Donald Trump expressed any sentiment towards any developing nation or its people as being important or valuable? I have not heard of any such sentiment.
3) Donald Trump disagrees with the ideas of sustainable development, equitable access to development, and the eradication of poverty. Name one policy Trump has supported which alleviates the needs of the poor, let alone eradicate poverty. Has he ever used the words sustainable development? Has he ever expressed a sentiment that those in Pittsburgh, the city he often mentioned in his speech, can have equal access to the opportunities he was given? A golf course is not sustainable development.
4) Donald Trump disagrees with safeguarding food security and ending hunger. For example, there is a famine in South Sudan, near famine in Ethiopia, and other issues with hunger in countries like Yemen. Has there been any mention of this in any public statement by Donald Trump? No. People going hungry in Africa or Asia is not important to Donald Trump.
5) Donald Trump disagrees with a person’s right to health. Can anyone state any expression or desire of any American to be healthy or to have access to health care. In fact, the political party he is a member of, the Republican Party, has proposed legislation limiting health care access for the poor, many of whom are portrayed as being non-white citizens.
6) Donald Trump disagrees with the rights of indigenous people. The very first executive action Donald Trump took was to deprive the native Lakota people a voice in favor of white oil and finance industry executives. Donald Trump has made no personal investments on native American land and has never expressed the equality of any indigenous people.
7) Donald Trump disagrees with the rights of migrants. The first expression of Trump’s political platform was to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the United States. Similar sentiments have been expressed towards Muslims, especially Arab Muslims. He tried to institute a travel ban preventing Muslims and then all Arabs and Persians from being able to enter the United States. He has also expressed no sentiment or favor towards refugees of war.
8) Donald Trump disagrees with the rights of people with disabilities. On his campaign, Trump had specifically made fun of the disability of a journalist, questioning his ability to be a good journalist. Trump has never expressed any statement stating the equality of people with disabilities to those who don’t, nor has he mentioned their rights.
9) Donald Trump disagrees with the idea of gender equality. He was famous about stating how he could do anything he wanted with women, objectifying them and their private areas as not theirs, but his. Those in his inner circle do not include women, and when there are women, they do not have a voice. Even his daughter Ivanka recently found this out when he disregarded her advice regarding the Paris Agreement.
10) Donald Trump disagrees with the importance of having public access to information. Repeatedly Trump has attacked the press in the United States and has praised leaders who suppress the media in their countries. He calls the media as presenting fake news, especially when they present news which appears unfavorable to him professionally and personally. These attacks demonstrate how important it is to reduce access to information. Finally, one of the first changes to the White House website was to eliminate any mention of climate change. He even has restricted access to NASA and NOAA information which scientists and others in the public use.
You see, everything else in the Paris Agreement, such as the goals of the United Nations and member countries, the affirmations to work together towards a common cause, mean nothing due to the foundation of values expressed prior. Why would Donald Trump believe in helping mankind in a common cause when the very core of his beliefs only favor a very specific portion of mankind.
Donald Trump only cares about white male affluence.
Now let me tie this in to Russia. The media have often reported the potential reasons why Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin seem so intent on working together despite their countries having historically divergent roles and ideologies. Blackmail has been mentioned, access to better business investment, and even occasionally the hope these relationships can bring a long-standing peace. I believe the only thing which ties Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is the ideology of white male affluence.
Repeatedly during Putin’s tenure as President, various elements of his government have regularly expressed their sentiments. Some have felt the white race is being threatened by increasing mixing of multi-ethnic people. Some, to include Putin, have expressed their goal of keeping Russia a majority ethnic Russian majority nation. There have been policies proposed to purposely reduce the birth rate of non-ethnic Russians, such as the Muslims in Chechnya. A survey of African people in Russia have shown that over half of all African people have been assaulted by white people solely because of the color of their skin. It is also known how cold Putin was in his relationship with President Obama, a black man who Russian people often portrayed as a monkey.
You can say Russia is one of the last major powers of the Old World where the majority of the population and its members of government still strongly believe in white supremacy. Are there any further relationships Donald Trump has had which indicates white supremacy as an ideology are important to him? One could point to the support of David Dukes, the former leader of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan. One could point to the current website of the Ku Klux Klan and note many of the positions they believe in are also supported by Donald Trump.
What can Donald Trump gain from his allegiance to Russia, his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and his current political agenda? I do not believe all of the intentions are focused on making money, although making money does help support the rest of his goals. I believe Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are seeking to work together to weaken the institutions which could help non-white people of the world a chance to compete with white people on the international stage. The coordination of actions taken so far, such as the assistance to Bashir Assad in Syria, demonstrate their need to have friendly puppets in power which can help keep non-white people weakened.
Is White Supremacy sustainable?
I do not believe it is. So far the current manifestations of white supremacy are dominated by oligarchs who are controlling most of the world’s resources. A majority of the world’s wealth is controlled by white people or non-white people who are basically puppets of white people, such as the King of Saudi Arabia. Even if some people like Bill Gates who does give charity to non-white people are not considered white supremacists, they have still benefited by white supremacy and have done nothing to change this system or allow non-white people to even compete with them in business. I believe it will end with the growing populist movements throughout the world. Even a majority of white people are losing their wealth and beginning to realize this. Many times a white man realizes he is not supreme, it is expressed with deep psychological disease and violence. In the USA, look at who commits the mass murders and why. The world is ready to start addressing this disease and hopefully healing it. The erosion of rights and opportunities will force people throughout the world to seek the rights and opportunities they demand for a fulfilling and rewarding life.
Climate change is the one thing which will end white supremacy. There is one point I do agree with when Trump left the Paris Agreement. He said the agreement will not do enough to end climate change. I do agree with this but I also believe there is no way to avert climate change. The population is increasing, the total energy needs of this population are increasing, and even if we use less carbon, we are destroying the forests, wetlands, and other critical carbon sinks to sustain the current economic system designed by white supremacists. Climate change will become the great equalizer. As an unprepared world starts to suffer more from extreme droughts, flooding, and other high cost and high impact weather events, the more we will realize how few resources are left to compassionately help our neighbors. In turn, the economic systems and their political structures will become increasingly fragile and eventually forced to change.
What will this change worldwide look like? From the future disordering of the world institutions will become a greater order of eventual peace and unity. It may be rough getting there, but we can do it. This new greater order will have a foundation of unity where no form of racism will affect us. People of all ethnicities will have access to equal rights and opportunities. People from both genders will have access to equal rights and opportunities. People with disabilities will have equal rights and opportunities. The only thing which will affect our success or lack of success is the combination of skills, discipline, and some measure of luck. Success won’t be determined by our heritage alone.
There are other challenges to this future. Here in the USA for example, over 80 million people voted for the ideologies and actions of Donald Trump. An entire political party supports a great portion of his aspirations. You see, in the end, an elected official reflects the values of the people who elected him. Elsewhere, many others subscribe subliminally to this idea of white supremacy. Go visit India or the Philippines for example. The lighter your skin color, the greater chances you have of affluence. In many countries skin lightening products are popular and it is sometimes considered as a sign of prestige to be in a close relationship with a white person from the USA, Canada, Europe, or Australia. Often times those with darker skin seek the approval and respect of lighter skinned people in social settings, leading them to act somewhat differently. Violent movements such as Islamic militancy tend to only target the idea of white male affluence. When this white male affluence is targeted, entire wars are started and nations destroyed.
Unueco Partio believes in establishing a world where we take care of our neighbors, both in the local communities as well as those who live in other nations. As we take care of our neighbors, we do so with the belief in equity at every level of society. We seek to abolish poverty by reducing the imbalance of wealth current ideologies support. We seek to secure a food supply while encouraging sustainable development. We seek the rural farmer to be as important to our system as a CEO or monarch. We seek free access to any information we desire so that we may be more fully educated. We seek a society where indigenous people are as important as migrants or the progeny of migrants. We seek a society where there is no future creation of refugees but a safe place to live wherever you want to call home. Unueco Partio believes that this entire world is a home to all, under the same roof, under the same banner of one humanity. This will not be the world of Donald Trump, but it will be the world for all of us.