Solving the Mystery of How Donald Trump Got to be so Amazing on Climate Change…, by James Delingpole.
Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute … – who sat on the Trump EPA transition team – has the perfect insider perspective to explain what’s going on in the White House.
Horner understands the magnitude of Trump’s achievement so far. Even Trump announcing his plan to pull out of the UN Paris climate agreement required immense determination and moral courage. After all his decision wasn’t only resisted by the usual Democrat suspects and green lobbyists: it also came up against stiff opposition from key members of the Administration, among them, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Economics Advisor Gary Cohn.
In fact, argues Horner, probably nowhere in DC is the swamp more heavily defended by the liberal politico-media establishment than the EPA and the climate change industry.
“There is no organized lobby against it. There is so much money being poured into it. Remember the smear effort on Myron Ebell, who ran the Trump EPA transition team, which is how I became involved? Well why did the New York Times and the Washington Post run coincident pieces smearing Myron and then the entire herd followed? This is the EPA. It’s this backwater fiat created by Nixon some time ago but has now consumed our economy.
‘Why do you rob banks, Willy?’ ‘It’s where the money is.’ Why do you go smearing Myron Ebell, the guy running the EPA transition team? … It was targeted on one guy because this was their means of discrediting the Trump energy/environment agenda which is where the wealth transfer is….”
No other GOP presidential candidate – not Rubio, not Cruz – would have delivered on climate change in the same way as Trump has. They would, quite simply, have been overwhelmed by the swamp.
So how come Trump has proved so exceptional in tackling the Green Blob? It’s not like he’ll have read lots of books on the subject because his attention span just doesn’t allow for it.
No, according to Horner it’s much simpler than that. It’s because Trump does not think like a politician. Rather, Trump made his decision using much the same gut feeling he uses on his business deals – which he wasn’t sidetracked by any of the “green jobs” “save the world” crap which other politicians find so seductive…
“Here’s what I firmly believe. I’m convinced that the penny dropped for others, as it did me, when Donald Trump gave his editorial board interview to the Washington Post. It’s often mocked – where he said: “I’m not a big believer in global warming. Not a big believer.” And then he continued in a very important way. And if you follow the way Donald Trump speaks it’s perfectly clear what he’s saying. He said, “You know, a lot of people are making a lot of money off of this.”
“He was not saying this as a politician says it. (‘And if we use spoons not shovels we can create even more jobs...’ That sort of playground thinking is very common among politicians.) … What he said to the Washington Post was “You’re robbing Peter to pay Paul. Goldmans is making a killing out of this.”… He said: “You’re propping up, sometimes even standing up industries, to transfer taxpayer money to them.” … And to me he was saying “This is something of a scam.””