As of Friday, June 9, 2017
DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was the right move to make on many levels. But the most important reason was the illegal nature of the pact.
The U.S. Constitution requires all treaties to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. However, the so-called Paris climate change agreement was never presented to the Senate.
Instead, former President Barack Obama boldly declared the pact a voluntary agreement. And like a dictator, he said unilaterally that the Senate didn’t need to ratify his agreement, after which he ordered that it would be binding on the American public.
What is the difference between a treaty and agreement? Essentially, one thing — the involvement of sovereign nations. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a treaty is an “agreement” negotiated by sovereign nations representatives.
So, in fact, the agreement is a treaty that rightfully should have been presented to the Senate for ratification. Since that never happened, the agreement was never binding, nor was it legal.
For that reason alone, President Trump did the right thing by pulling the plug on the illegal treaty yesterday.
But there are many other reasons the president correctly pulled the plug on the agreement — energy independence, job creation, the economy, the right of self-governnace on environmental matters, just to name a few. The illegal treaty also kowtowed to foreign interests and global corporations, rather than the American people.
If the agreement is right for America, as supporters say, then let it legally go to the U.S. Senate for debate and ratification.
In the meantime, the president followed through on his campaign promise of putting America first. We applaud him for that.