Despite literally 98.5 percent of the world’s countries agreeing the Paris climate change pact is necessary to protect our planet, Vice President Mike Pence literally has no idea why anybody would support such an agreement. The whole concept is baffling to him.
In an interview with Fox News yesterday, Pence said that Trump’s decision to pull out of the accords “demonstrated real leadership. We’ve demonstrated real progress … But for some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.”
Pence apparently believes that only “the left” believe climate change is a problem, not only in our country, but around the entire world—as if every left-leaning politician and voter the world over has decided to make a big deal out of what Pence apparently believes is a non-issue. It’s like if Kathy Griffin continued to carry Donald Trump’s bloody head around with her everywhere she went and couldn’t understand why people kept getting upset.
We’ve reached the point where this is no longer just a partisan issue. As of November, 57 percent of Republican voters supported staying, alongside 71 percent of all Americans. Even within the White House opposition was fierce as Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, secretary of state Rex Tillerson and even the president’s own daughter Ivanka Trump desperately tried to change Trump’s mind. And again, if 98.5 percent of the world agrees to do something, surely that can’t only be “the left.” Are left-leaning politicians so powerful now that they’ve taken over the entire planet except for three countries?
And even if that were the case, is there no benefit to attempting to determine why so many support the accords? Surely, Pence can’t be so sure of his beliefs that nothing is happening that he refuses to even consider the possibility that he could be wrong? The vice president’s comments come across as needlessly ignorant and even dangerous. Can we afford leadership who is so misinformed that they could be absolutely blindsided by what is the majority opinion even among their own voter base?
Maybe Pence was just trying to be dismissive, rather than intentionally ignorant, but either way, maybe it’s worth looking into this whole “climate change” thing you keep hearing so much about before it becomes something we can no longer control. Or, at the very least, pretend you’re trying to govern in an informed way. It’ll help us sleep at night while the planet melts around us.