While much of the American media was tuned into the impeachment drama, President Donald Trump gave an epic address at the annual meeting of international business leaders this year at Davos, Switzerland.

How can you tell in was an excellent address? Because the mainstream media is clutching its collective pearls about its America First focus.

President Donald Trump’s speech in Davos was not what many attendees wanted to hear.

At a conference dedicated to multilateralism and earnest discussion of the world’s most pressing problems, the American president used his keynote address to reel off a laundry list of his domestic accomplishments, promote the US economy and dismiss climate activists as “prophets of doom.”

He didn’t take questions from his host, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab, or the elite audience of leading executives, bankers and politicians.

During one portion of his delivery, Trump noted that he was going to join the One Trillion Trees initiative. Then he went on to skewer climate alarmists.

We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world,” Trump told the world’s top business and political leaders.

He added, to sustained applause, that the US “will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing and better managing our trees and our forests.”

But he also lashed out at “alarmists” — the “perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse” — though he didn’t explicitly mention climate change, which is a major theme, along with sustainability, in this year’s annual forum.

I will simply point out that the adopting the trees initiative is a smart move for Trump, even though the plan is supposed to be related to “carbon offsets”. The trees will create more lumber, more jobs, and enhanced land management practices will reduce wildfire dangers. That’s a lot of win for a leader who began his career in construction.

Trump also spoke on a wider variety of subjects, including his agenda, the state of the economy, and the U.S.-China trade deal.

Meanwhile, Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg continued her Tour of Scold.

…Thunberg brushed aside Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would join the economic forum’s initiative to plant 1 trillion trees across the globe to help capture carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere.

“Planting trees is good of course but it’s nowhere near enough,” Thunberg said. “It cannot replace mitigation,” she added, referring to efforts to drastically cut emissions in the near term.

Thunberg accused leaders of “cheating and fiddling around with numbers” with talk of cutting emissions to ‘net zero’ – that is, emitting no more carbon than is absorbed by the planet or technical means – by 2050.

Clearly, the will be no appeasing Thunberg and those who have bought into the politicized science. In fact, the topic of her speech was “averting climate apocalypse”, which pretty much made Trump’s point…big league!

 

 
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