That’s my attempt to understand what the recent Trump Tweet should read.
The simplest explanation seems to be that he fell asleep half way through tweeting and this was just a botched spelling of “coverage”.
Then again, there may be deep meaning. One theory would be what I wrote in the title of this post.
Under this theory, “covfefe” stands for the principle of “FOSSIL ENERGY FIRST”, an important pillar of modern Republican policy. Never mind the bad press. Just make sure those lobbyist funds keep flowing in the right direction.
And declaring this principle right now makes sense since Trump just decided to get out of the Paris Accord.
As a reason, he stated that “We don’t want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore.”
I for one was not laughing. But it may be true that some countries and some leaders would laugh at Trump. For the very least, he is perceiving people laughing at America, according to that statement. But laughing at the United States would be not appropriate. Global warming is an extremely serious business.
To make those other countries and leaders stop laughing, Trump wants to start renegotiating, though he doesn’t mind if such efforts fail to deliver.
The way to negotiate would have been to stay in the system. That’s where all the important decisions will be done. America doesn’t have a seat at the table anymore. I for one think that’s a good thing. The present American federal government is clearly unable to contribute anything of value to the talks.
Maybe some other countries and leaders will be ready to “renegotiate”. But I don’t think there is much of a point. All important decisions on global climate mitigation efforts should be taken without any harmful input from the United States federal government from now on.
That is a good thing on itself.
And there is another positive aspect I mentioned right after the election.
Once in office, he may actually get out of the Paris Agreement and try hard to have more coal burned in Great America.
That, on its own, will be bad news for the climate.
But it will still be useful as an excellent example on how not to run things. The massive majority of states that are still on board may point at Great America policy as a model to avoid.
And it will give everyone else (including solid blue States like New York and California, which have a strong economic power base) strong motivation to double their efforts. For example, Obama’s most important executive policy is the Clean Power Plan. It requires States to reduce their emissions.
If repealed, a State like Oklahoma may go ahead with a reckless fossil fuel burning policy. But nothing would prevent a responsible State like California to reduce their emissions anyway.
And they would have a great extra incentive to do so. One is to keep the damage to the climate from the Trump presidency in check.
The other one would be just political. Show the Republicans that they don’t rule everything in Great America just yet.
And for everyone else on the planet this presidency may turn out to be a welcome wake-up call. The urgency of dealing with this problem just went up a couple of notches.
While the world wide community organized in the Paris Accord will miss out on any American contributions to the effort in the future, this particular decision may help by creating a backlash.