Yesterday’s announcement by President Trump that he intends to pull America out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is devastating on a number of levels. It is a repudiation of settled science, a failure of leadership on clean energy innovation, and an abdication of moral leadership on an issue that will determine the fates of millions of people and all of our ecosystems in the years ahead. In short, a catastrophic move with dire consequences.
The U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement, which aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, matters for four big reasons:
The Paris Agreement was discussed throughout the 2016 election and became a contested topic - something that one candidate, who is now our President-elect, said he would “ditch.” This may not have garnered as much attention as some of the other controversial things Trump has said, but it may have the most far reaching consequences for our environment. To “ditch” the Paris Agreement is to “ditch” weather patterns as we know them and everything they impact – crops, plant and animal habitats, etc. It is to ditch clean air that we and our children breathe.