There are those defending Donald Trump’s politics and evisceration of the Paris Agreement who don’t understand the Act, don’ understand it’s purpose. They also fail to understand the United States’ position regarding such acts.
As the leader of the free world the United States sometime has to do something not totally in its best interest to get those who are reticent to act to do so. That’s what leadership is about, not always getting your own way but guiding those who look to you as a guide, a moral compass. It also means paying more than your fair share to get a position accepted. NATO is like this and our help in guarding Europe had paid off big time. Just try to imagine what an underfunded Europe would be like – just try to imagine if we lost one ally after another.
Even the United States can’t go it alone.
“It’s not a great week when you wish the president of the United States had the moral compass of a six-year-old. There’s not much I can say about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement that hasn’t already been said. But I can say that I’m ashamed.
Ashamed that Americans elected someone who cares so little about anything other than himself, ashamed of what we’re leaving our children and grandchildren. Ashamed that I need to explain to my daughter that we’re failing so miserably at being good citizens of the earth, that all of this will fall to her and her friends.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2017/jun/02/this-week-showed-the-president-has-the-moral-compass-of-a-6-year-old