By Joe Wilson
Tom Coburn, who represented Oklahoma in the House and Senate for 16 years, says President Trump was right to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord because it was a lousy deal.
On the Fox News show “Varney and Co.” Thursday, he talked about Trump’s announcement, which has drawn worldwide opposition from globalists.
“It doesn’t have anything to do about climate; it has to do with a lousy agreement,” Coburn said. “We pay a bigger price than anyone else in the world pays in that agreement. It wasn’t balanced.”
Coburn was on the show to talk about his new book, “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government.”
Trump said in his announcement: “This program is a vast redistribution of United States wealth to other countries. I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does, the world’s leader in environmental protection, while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters.”
Are you tired of D.C. elitists looking out only for their own interests? The federal government will never willingly relinquish the powers it has usurped — it’s up to We the People to wrest control from an overreaching federal leviathan and give it back to our state and local representatives where it belongs. Retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn reveals how we can do that in “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government,” available now at the WND Superstore.
Coburn pointed to the unfair share of the costs of the Paris accord that the U.S. would pay as opposed to countries like India and China, when the U.S. has trade deficits with both countries. Coburn believes that a fair agreement would require other countries to pull their weight when it comes to costs.
And he pointed out that there’s no global warming at the moment.
“Should we be good stewards of America?” he asked. “Absolutely. Should we be emotional and reactive until we have all the facts? I’ve actually read all of it when I was a U.S. senator. I’ve read all the science, I’ve read the hockey stick curve, I read everything that was out there. I don’t agree.”
He also asserted that the statistics on which the Paris accord was based were dishonest.
“They picked the 74 that they wanted to say that, and then they self-selected those 74 scientists … and then they got that agreement,” he said. “They got them to say that. If you go and poll what does the actual data say, I don’t think that you will see 99 percent [of scientists believe mankind is a significant cause of global warming]. You may see 75-25, you may see 25-75. I don’t know that, nobody knows, because we’ve had this political mantra out there that says, well, if you doubt what we’ve said, then you’re, you know, you’re a flat-earther.”
Coburn said that he is not trying to deny climate change does occur.
“I believe there’s climate change all the time,” he said. “Some of it may be man-made, most of it is not, most of it is sunspot activity and the solar effects on our climate.”
However, he thinks that the decision to leave the Paris accords is not about climate change but about an unfair agreement forced on the American people.
“If we’re going to have a climate accord, it ought to be one that treats us fairly,” he said. “And that’s what Trump’s whole position is. It’s not a debate about climate, it’s about one that shares the burden equally.”
Coburn was asked by Varney about his struggle with stage-four cancer. He credits his survival with good doctors and a good American health-care system. He stated that he found “the best practices and excellence” and that led to a great outcome.
Regarding Washington’s control, he added: “How do we muzzle the alligators in the swamp? By reducing their authority back to what it was originally intended to be.”
Coburn proposes to curb federal control this by using one of the two methods of amending the U.S. Constitution laid out in Article V, the Convention of States. Coburn made an argument for a convention in “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government.”
For an Article V Convention to occur, two-thirds of the state legislatures must pass an application for Congress to call one. Twelve states out of the 35 necessary have submitted such an application. All of the state applications must deal with the same topics, and the 12 currently submitted call for amendments limiting the scope of the federal government, imposing a balanced budget on Congress and establishing term limits on Washington politicians.
Are you tired of D.C. elitists looking out only for their own interests? The federal government will never willingly relinquish the powers it has usurped — it’s up to We the People to wrest control from an overreaching federal leviathan and give it back to our state and local representatives where it belongs. Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn reveals how we can do that in “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government,” available now at the WND Superstore.