WASHINGTON, June 3, 2017 — “I was hoping you could clear this up once and for all,” said ABC’s White House correspondent Mary Bruce. “Yes or no, does the president believe climate change is real and a threat to the United States?”
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Jim Acosta hemmed and hawed and avoided answering directly. He should have simply said, “No!”
President Trump’s past expressions of climate-change skepticism have put him in good stead with most Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, “Majorities of Americans appear skeptical of climate scientists. No more than a third of the public gives climate scientists high marks for their understanding of climate change; even fewer say climate scientists understand the best way to address climate change … fewer than half of Americans have ‘a lot’ of trust in information from climate scientists.”
The Republican Party of Fairfax County, Virginia, is less squeamish than Jim Acosta. Riffing off Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, they announced plans to hold a “Pittsburgh not Paris” rally Saturday in front of the White House.
The outliers of the media, whose constant harping on the legitimacy of climate-change have been ignored, are outraged Trump is following the American people’s lead and not theirs:
New York Times: “Does Trump Still Think Climate Change is a Hoax?”
New York Daily News: “Trump to World: Drop Dead.”
Los Angeles Times: “Trump’s ‘America first’ Policy Changes U.S. Role on Global Stage.”
CNN: “CNN Reporter to EPA Chief: Your Head is in the Sand.”
Meanwhile, newly minted French President Emmanuel Macron offered a plea to his American counterpart on behalf of the Old World:
“Make our planet great again.”
Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a second Declaration of Independence: independence from the demands of faceless, unelected climate bureaucrats; independence from the imperial demands of old Europe; independence from climate scientist whose research and dubious climate computer models depend so heavily on the contributions of long-suffering taxpayers; last and most importantly, independence from media outlets angry that a sitting president would care more about what average Americans think than the distrusted members of the Fourth Estate.
American autonomy from the whims of the world continues to resonate in the hearts of average Americans because, as Ayn Rand said, “There is no standard of personal dignity except independence.”