French President Emmanuel Macron addressed a joint session of Congress today, but his remarks on climate change probably had President Trump regretting the full state dinner he threw for the French leader last night.
Particularly galling had to be the way Macron adapted Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan to the service of salvaging the global environment, stating “Let us work together in order to make our planet great again, and create new jobs and new opportunities, ones of guarding our earth.”
Macron adopted an optimistic attitude towards Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement in his speech to Congress.
“I’m sure, one day, the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement. And I’m sure we can work together to fulfill with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment,” Macron told the assembled legislators, drawing applause and cheers from the Democrats in attendance.
The French leader blithely negated the false propaganda behind the Trump administration’s disastrous rollback of environmental regulations, admitting that through unchecked greenhouse gas emissions, plunging biodiversity and increasing ocean pollution, “we are killing our planet,” Macron said.
“Let us face it: There is no Planet B,” he continued, a point he underscored with an English language tweet as well.
Let’s face it: there is not Planet B. pic.twitter.com/vtP2NQYcv9
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 25, 2018
Macron tried to play down his differences with the administration on environmental policy issues by emphasizing the common realities both nations must face.
“On this issue, it may happen we have disagreements between the United States and France. It may happen, like in all families. But that’s, for me, a short-term disagreement. In the long run, we will have to face the same realities, and we’re just citizens of the same planet,” he said.
If by short-term, he means until we manage to rid ourselves of the orange dotard in the White House, he may well be right. It’s just that we don’t want to have to wait that long to make America, and our planet, great again.
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