Macron invites Americans upset over Trump exit from climate pact to find a ‘second homeland’

by Margaret Menge | Updated 06 Jun 2017 at 6:06 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron is offering refuge to American liberals upset at President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

In a video posted to Twitter, speaking in English, Macron said:

“I wish to tell the United States: France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history.”

“If you’re wondering how to get into France, you can either be a Syrian [jihadi] or an American climate scientist.”

“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call them: Come and work here, with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you, France will not give up the fight.”

Macron also posted a picture to Twitter, with the words “Make Our Planet Great Again” on a green and blue background.

Macron is a 39-year-old liberal who worked in mergers and acquisitions for the Rothschild investment bank in Paris and as the economy minister to French Socialist Party President François Hollande before rebranding himself as an “outsider” last year and launching a campaign for president.

He defeated populist National Front leader Marine Le Pen in May to become the youngest-ever president of France.

It may be because of his youth that Macron is not aware that the specter of a young Frenchman calling out the president of the United States, speaking English with a French accent, may invite more ridicule from Americans than gratitude.

“If you’re wondering how to get into France, you can either be a Syrian [jihadi] or an American climate scientist,” newspaper columnist and talk radio guest host Mark Steyn said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on Friday afternoon, before noting that France would likely require more paperwork from the American climate scientist than from the jihadi.

And as for President Trump himself, The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump’s irritation with Macron’s disrespecting him at their first meeting may have, in fact, helped seal his decision on withdrawal from the Paris accord.

It occurred in Brussels, Belgium, on May 26, when the new French president approached the line of world leaders, with Trump in the middle, but veered off to his right. He ignored Trump to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand first, and then the hand of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenburg. Only then did he finally face Trump, who clasped Macron’s hand tightly and pulled the slender Macron toward him forcefully while shaking his hand vigorously, breaking out into a huge smile — not at Macron, but toward the cameras that he saw were pointed toward him.

At an earlier private meeting between Macron and Trump, the two had shaken hands, with both gripping tightly and grimacing for the cameras, in what some media organizations interpreted as an alpha male showdown.

In what was likely the best, or probably the most memorable, line from the president’s energetic address from the Rose Garden on Thursday, in which he laid out a strong case for exiting the Paris agreement, he said: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

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3 Responses to Macron invites Americans upset over Trump exit from climate pact to find a ‘second homeland’

  1. umh? Lets look at some fact checkers in regard to those 6.5 Mio jobs saved:

    and the source of the 6.5Mio jobs saved is this mysterious organization called NERA:

    Revealed: NERA Economic Consulting is Third Party Contractor for DOE LNG Export Study

    Reuters has revealed the identity of the mysterious third party contractor tasked to publish the economic impact study on LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports on behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE). Its name: NERA Economic Consulting.

    “NERA” is shorthand for National Economic Research Associates, an economic consulting firm SourceWatch identifies as the entity that published a June 2011 report on behalf of coal industry front group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). ACCCE’s report concluded, “clean-air rules proposed by the Obama administration would cost utilities $17.8 billion annually and raise electricity rates 11.5 percent on average in 2016.”

    That report went so far to say that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations of the coal-generated electrcity sector would amount to some 1.5 million lost jobs over the next four years.

    NERA was founded by Irwin Stelzer, senior fellow and director of the right-wing Hudson Institute’s Center for Economic Policy. In Oct. 2004, The Guardian described Stelzer as the “right-hand man of Rupert Murdoch,” the CEO of News Corp., which owns Fox News.

    According to NERA’s website, the late Alfred E. Kahn, the “father of deregulation,” advised NERA’s 1961 foundation.

    In 2010, NERA published a letter to the New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to protest the prospective closure of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants.

    A NERA report from earlier this year provided the basis for the popular King Coal refrain that the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule would cost the U.S. tens of billions of dollars and “kill” 180,000-215,000 jobs.

    These figures were picked up and cited by climate change denier U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in June when he spoke out against President Barack Obama’s mythological “war on coal,” as well as by the Republican Policy Committee in a May policy paper titled, “Obama’s War on Coal.”

    With a track record like this, it’s best to view whatever report NERA produces …with extreme skepticism.

  2. bcolbath42 says:

    I can’t let Dr. Posnett’s generalized condemnation of the trustworthiness of NERA go without response. It is one of the most respected economic consultant groups in the US. I have worked with NERA many times over the last 30 years and have always found them to be scrupulously principled.

  3. It is not my opinion or condemnation, but rather that of as indicated with the full link in the above comment. Personally, I had never heard of NERA. That is why I googled them to get more info. The post which I copied verbatim, is from 2012. Desmogblog are Vancouver-based and can be reached at

    At any rate, the WH numbers in question (6.5 Mio jobs saved) have been criticized elsewhere too:
    by Marc Landler in the NYTimes from today.
    Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises
    The president referred to a published study to claim that the climate pact would result in “as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025,” of which 440,000 would be in manufacturing. By 2040, he said, the losses would balloon to 6.5 million industrial jobs, or $3 trillion in lost economic output, or about $7,000 in reduced income for the average household.
    Critics dispute the methodology of that study, by the National Economic Research Associates. They note that it was conducted for the American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — both vocal opponents of climate regulations

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