Make Our Planet Great Again

Those were just a few of the nicer words that the newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron, used to express his concern over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump announced a few days ago that “We’re getting out.” He believes that China made up the “climate hoax” as a way to make the US less economically competitive. He stated that many jobs will be lost in the manufacturing and coal mining industries with these tighter restrictions, while not recognizing how many could be added through clean energy production, as China has recently done.

The uproar continues as world leaders, scientists, business leaders and politicians condemn this action, one that shows the administrations desire to become an isolationist country, not a global leader as we have always been. There are 195 countries that have signed the Paris agreement, including North Korea. Only three countries have refused to work together in protecting our earth; Syria, Nigeria and the United States. What a sad day for our country, to turn its back on the rest of the world.

Whether you believe in global warming or not, this is not just a scientific issue to debate. This is a diplomatic issue that places the US at risk with all the other countries that banded together and reached an agreement controlling emissions and reducing our overall carbon foot print. We have backed out of a signed agreement, turned away from the rest of the world and our word is no longer good, we cannot be trusted to do the right thing for our country or for our planet.

Trump stated that he was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris, and in response Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh’s major stated in a tweet that “Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote and that Pittsburgh stands with the world and will follow the Paris Agreement.” Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has pledged 15 million dollars to honor America’s commitment. Bloomberg is banding together with cities, states, business leaders, mayors, governors and politicians from both parties to express their outrage over Trump’s reckless decision. Bloomberg stated that “Americans will honor and fulfill their obligation to the Paris Climate Agreement by leading from the bottom up – and there isn’t anything that Washington can do to stop us.”

The top business leaders in our country who had agreed to be part of Trump’s business advisory council, have quit, no longer supporting him. Elon Musk said, “Am departing presidents councils. Climate change is real. Leaving the Paris is not good for America or the world.” Even Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State believes climate change is real and supports a carbon tax on companies to discourage emissions.

I ask that you make your voice be heard on this matter by letting Washington know how you feel.  We must leave our earth a better place to live for future generations than it was when we were growing up in the ’60’s and ’70’s.  Get involved and be part of this movement.

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