President Donald Trump earned the scorn of the rest of the world perhaps more fiercely than ever before when he made the fateful decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate change accord.
President Trump’s surrogates have been attempting to rationalize Trump’s decision in the face of overwhelming criticism. Trump backer Jeffrey Lord tried to defend the withdrawal on CNN by claiming that coal is central to our energy future, and was sharply corrected by co-panelist Robert Reich.
Former labor secretary Reich was also joined on the panel by Trump’s economic advisor Stephen Moore, who warned against first world nations focusing on green energy while developing countries have been burning fossil fuels.
Responded Reich, “If the developing world is going to rely on fossil fuel, oil and coal that the fact that the United States relied on it for years that is the end of the planet, Steve. We can’t possibly have a plan that relies that much on fossil fuels. That’s one reason there is so much interest and one reason the United States had been so dedicated to helping developing nations move to wind and solar.” Jeffrey Lord then tried to steer the discussion away from Trump’s announcement and make it about Hillary Clinton, saying, “If Hillary Clinton were elected and did the opposite of this, would we say she is doing it to play to her base? I was showing the governor in the green room, Pittsburgh was an island of blue in a sea of red. The Pennsylvania voters in that area, which are economically distressed in a lot of cases, are very upset about this.”
This was too much for Reich, who exclaimed, “Jeffrey Lord! Jeffrey Lord! Let’s get real here. Do you really think coal is the wave of the future? You think that’s the way the planet should be going?” Answered Lord, “I said, I think it’s part of the future. You know, eventually, sure.”
Responded Robert, “Why is it then China and other countries are actually leading the way with wind and solar? Why are they moving ahead of, no doubt, that at some point we won’t need to use coal anywhere but we’re not there yet? This is like trying to fly a jet airplane in 1861!” Do you agree with Robert Reich? Watch the full panel conversation below: ON LINK