But when it comes to setting policy on climate change, as with healthcare, taxes, and, hopefully, even war, Trump doesn't hold the same dictatorial powers as authoritarian world leaders he admires.
Paris climate summit
If Trump does what he says and rolls back the (insufficient) climate progress won under Obama, it will mean the end of the world for island nations like Kiribati.
At the Paris Climate Conference world leaders figured out it will take a lot of money to make the world sustainably green. Not Rex looks at the faint hope from Paris.
On Dec. 12, nearly 200 nations approved the "Paris Agreement." The document spells out humanity's new plan to confront the crisis of climate change, but is it enough?
Tar sands corporations appear unfazed by the Trudeau government's support of the 1.5-degree target in the Paris Agreement.
A new draft climate agreement has been reached on the last day of the COP21 talks in Paris. It's framed as "ambitious and equitable" but does it deliver real commitments?
So did we save the planet? The answer is maybe: IF countries go back and deliver on their commitments, and IF they table more ambitious policies in the coming years.
Next to the triumphs of Paris climate diplomacy must be set the tragedy of the military-industrial complex model of development that prevails and drives economies in wealthier nations.
It's almost the end of COP21, and pressures are rising palpably at the conference centre.
With ambitious targets must come ambitious actions. This means freezing tar sands expansion, rejecting both the Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines, and planning for a just energy transition.