Multiple Republicans Defect To Vote With Pelosi & Rebuke Donald Trump


One of the most egregious, pointless, and disturbing moments of Donald Trump’s presidency came when he announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, a non-binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change.

A bill in the House of Representatives to reenter that agreement was passed on Thursday with a vote of 231-190. Three Republicans voted to remain in the accord and every Democrat voted in favor with the exception of seven members who abstained with a “no vote” entered.

However, the bill now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it will most likely not be put up for a vote thanks to the self-proclaimed “grim reaper” of progressive policies, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It no longer matters that voters have begun to understand the imminent danger of climate change or that a vast majority of American citizens support remaining in the Paris Accord. What the people want no longer dictates policy. Instead, big money donors from oil corporations have Republican support in the Senate, so the bill passed on Thursday will likely go nowhere.

The Republican stance on the Paris Accord is publicly based on their warnings that it will kill jobs as if green energy jobs do not exist and cannot be expanded and as if the Paris Accord dictates what jobs are allowed and which aren’t. Saving the planet in this moment before it is too late, while natural disasters destroy lives and devastate communities, is simply not as important as speaking to Trump supporters who still believe that they are under greater threat from brown migrants than from climate change.

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