Sen. Rand Paul threw some cold water on the fire started by politicians and critics of President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.
The Kentucky Republican had a good laugh at alarmists who are in a meltdown over Trump’s announced move on Thursday which one critic said would lead to “mass extinction.”
“Mass extinction? Really?” Paul said on CNN Thursday.
“Let’s don’t be so alarmist as to say such outrageous things that if we don’t sign the Paris accord there’s going to be mass extinction. That is a ridiculous statement,” Paul said.
He laughed at the remark and the general panic that “the sky is falling” from those who think withdrawing from the climate agreement spells doom for the earth.
“I don’t think we should be alarmist about this.” Paul told CNN anchor Jake Tapper, adding that the accord is unsound economically for the U.S. as it would mean the loss of more than six million jobs.
“I think one of the reasons President Trump was elected was that he would defend the American worker and defend American jobs,” Paul said. “I can’t imagine a worse agreement for the American worker.”
A seemngly irritated Tapper directed the senator to the NASA website that details the alleged effects of man-made climate change, but Paul quickly blew a hole in that narrative.
“You also need to make sure your viewers know that most of their modeling has been wrong. They readjust their modeling every year because they haven’t been very good at predicting things,” he said.
Tapper agreed that it was not an “exact science” but still questioned the senator’s argument.
“Are you really saying that man is not contributing to climate change?” he asked.
“This is the big argument that none of you guys get,” Paul fired back. “How much is nature and how much is man?I’m perfectly willing to admit that man can have an influence and we should minimize our pollution. But those who say that it is all man and don’t acknowledge that the 4.5 billion year old planet has gone through massive climate change based on natural effects…”
Tapper did not seem interested in the facts Paul was sharing, however, responding with a simple “okay” when the lawmaker pushed back at his argument that all the dire predictions by climate scientists have come true.
Paul noted that the argument over remaining part of the Paris accord is more about the fairness of the agreement and not over climate change based on faulty models and no evidence.
“If America has to reduce her Carbon footprint by 20%, but China doesn’t have to reduce their’s at all, how could that possibly be fair?” he asked. “Who in their right minds would sign something that says China doesn’t have to do anything?”
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