The NYT on Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord
No point in reproducing it all but the following paragraph gave me a laugh:
"But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election".
That's really clutching at straws. The only important part of Trump's announcement was:
“As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country,”
Note the words "all" and "today". U.S. involvement is 100% finished right now. What paperwork is entered into is an unimportant detail. In fact, Mr Trump needs to do nothing at all. Mr Obama put his personal signature on the treaty but the Senate has not ratified it. So America is not "IN" the accord anyway. You can't withdraw from something you are not in.
But finally, just one sample of the completely unbalanced hysteria appearing in the comments on the NYT:
"Trump will go down in history as an environmental criminal, likely responsible for a historically unprecidented amount of property damage and loss of life"
The writer is such a brain that he can't even spell "unprecedented"