I wake up early today to the anticipated (but dreaded) story of White House beginning preparations to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a pact signed by 195 nations in December 2015, and which went into effect in November 2016. [Carol Davenport's NY Times article can be read here.] Here's what I want to know: What do Bannon, Trump, David and Charles Koch, et al. know that billions of other humans don't know?
Do they know that the planet is now warmer than at any other time in the past 125,000 years? That CO2 levels have not been this high in at least 800,000 years? That every single other world leader has acknowledged human-caused climate change? This is lunacy, idiocy, an evil, misguided, and dangerous "plan".
Trump's close advisors say that he is simply going to do what he campaigned to do. How about that trillion dollar infrastructure proposal and a health care plan? If they follow through with the formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, it will be a mere blip on the radar of most Americans, who are hard at work trying to feed their families and live a respectable life, but the repercussions could reverberate for generations to come. It's been 25 years since the U.S. essentially walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, and we can't afford another 25 (or even 4). The Paris Agreement by itself will not be enough to stave off the worst effects of climate change, but it's all we have.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, a scientific survey completed after the November election by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reported that 78% of registered U.S. voters support taxing global warming pollution, regulating it, or using both approaches. Americans want positive action, not short-sighted political stunts that will remove America from a world leadership role in doing what's right thing to secure the future for billions of people to come after us. Rex Tillerson is against our pulling out of the agreement, and so is Ivanka Trump. Do you care enough to act?
1. Call the White House today: 202-456-1111
2. Email the White House.
3. Please send this post to as many people as possible by any means possible.
4. Join me and hundreds of thousands of other people at the People's Climate March on April 29, 2017.
5. Yell, scream, and curse.
P.S. I hate to be that guy, a climate alarmist who thinks the world is ending. But it is. The direction we are heading is crystal clear.