Postcards to Politicians, 6/2/17: To Donald Trump, On The Paris Climate Agreement
Yesterday, Donald Trump said that he wouldn’t honor the Paris climate agreement, which he had already done in deed if not by word. There was no way this administration, led by a president who thinks climate change is a hoax, would keep our country on track for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Still, calling a press conference to announce the decision to leave a voluntary, non-binding agreement was just another way for Trump to spit on environmentalism, denigrate Obama, deflate our allies, and — in what is becoming a Trump favorite — govern in a way that actually hurts his supporters and this country, in the long run.
So, yeah, I’m once again frustrated enough by Donnie that I feel compelled to write him a note. Read it below.
Why do you continue to put corporate interests above the interests, and will, of the American people?
Why are you relying on controversial and criticized data to make important decisions about the future of our planet and our economy?
Why are you making dramatic gestures that, in effect, only serve to undercut your predecessor and dismiss and denigrate our allies?
Why are you clawing to regain vestiges of the past when the future holds more promise?
Why are you ceding influence and leadership to China?
Could the answer to all these questions be: politics?
I urge you to reconsider your decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, to honor our commitments, to make an effort to undo the damage we inflict on the environment, to invest in a clean and more prosperous future, and to safeguard the health of our citizens.
Eric Goldschein ATL GA 30307