According to a Washington Post article, “The U.S. is the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030.” If Trump pulls the US from the Paris agreement, other countries are likely to withdraw as well worsening the warming of the planet. The agreement has been signed by over 190 countries and was backed by global fossil fuel companies like Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP.
And yet here we are, being teased about the fate of our planet like it’s the next episode of the Apprentice.
I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
There are already more jobs in clean energy than there are in coal and yet the President continues to try and save a dying industry. The climate skepticism and shortsightedness of Steve Bannon, Scott Pruitt, and the President will leave the US without a seat at the international table while continuing to destroy the planet.
Mother Jones shared this video from filmmaker Ian Cheney. “In just over 12 minutes, he explores the scale of the challenge facing humanity: scientific and technical, the emotional, psychological, and political. Cheney doesn’t pretend to offer answers or specific solutions; he only seeks to shine a light into the fog, to look for shapes and patterns, and ultimately to explore the many reasons why the problem of climate change is so difficult for humanity to even fathom, much less come together to solve.”