Editorial: A not-so-tiny lie about MIT study

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Because it continues to be cited as true, one of the statements in President Donald Trump’s largely fact-free explanation of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord cries out for rebuttal.

Trump, holding his thumb and index finger a fraction of an inch apart to illustrate tiny, claimed that an MIT study stated that the carbon emission controls called for under the agreement would result in just a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. “Tiny, tiny amount,” Trump said, but not a tiny, tiny lie. The real estimate, according to the authors of the study, was three to seven times higher, 0.6 to 1.1 degrees Celsius. That compares to an estimated increase of as much as 5 degrees by the century’s end if nothing is done to slow climate change.

A growing number of states, led by governors in California, New York and Washington, have pledged to adhere to the goals of the Paris accord despite Trump’s foolish decision. New Hampshire, according to Gov. Chris Sununu, isn’t one of them. Assessing the accord’s impact on the state isn’t his job, Sununu said, and besides, “the president has done that, his team has done that, and they’ve made the decision they feel is in the best interest of the United States and I stand by that.”

As Trump might say, “Sad.”