UMN faculty to Trump: Leaving Paris Agreement will impact US
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 3:23
Hawaii has become the first US state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global agreement. And rural communities in the USA will be left behind, again. "The Paris climate agreement set unworkable targets that put America at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and would have raised energy costs for working families". We think that the President's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement is profoundly unwise and shortsighted.
Hellman, who attended the original talks, said if the countries still in the agreement are able to achieve the goals alone it could leave the US behind economically.
"The Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most risky and costly effects of climate change", the "We Are Still In" letter said.
The U.S.is a global leader in climate science, and also needs to be a global leader in finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"They're already cleaner than fossil fuels, subsidies aside". French President Emmanuel Macron posted a video online in English calling on climate scientists to come to France and ending with the message, "We all share the same responsibility, make our planet great again".
The U.S. has the potential to be a world leader on climate action by embracing renewable energy, pursuing climate adaptation, and ensuring that our wildlife and communities are resilient in the face of this challenge. So even though the US administration is out, the world continues to move ahead.
Along with setting climate change as a priority for the state, the bill creates a state commission dedicated to studying climate change and putting out detailed plans for responding both to sea-level rise and climate change as a whole, with the stipulation that the plans align with the Paris agreement.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Canada to seize a global leadership position in clean energy growth", Bruce said.
'The battle against climate change is irreversible, ' Rodriguez said.