Friday, June 02, 2017

The fight for a cleaner environment

June 02, 2017
Yesterday, in a speech that relied largely on factually incorrect talking points, Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States,” he said. But the reality is, withdrawing from the deal is an attack on the prosperity of all Americans. Climate change is already imposing staggering costs, threatening our military assets, and increasing the risks of political instability.
Trump, as he is wont to do, also lauded his decision as a move that promises to put “America first,” ignoring the obvious fact that withdrawing from the agreement gives other global leaders—namely China—the opportunity to take the lead in the growing clean energy market.
Almost immediately, a group of cities, states, and companies came together to oppose Trump’s decision and organize to keep the U.S. on track to meet its commitments with or without support from the federal government. The alliance includes the governors of New York, California, and Washington state, which together represent nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population and account for at least 10 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. Bloomberg Philanthropies also agreed to donate $14 million over the next two years to help fund the U.S. share of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
This decision was devastating, but the fight has just begun. Pulling out of the agreement will take four years, meaning we have plenty of time to make our voices heard to our members of congress and to Trump himself. (P.S. find out if your elected representatives are climate deniers here).

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