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Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:51 PM

John Kerry and Chuck Hagel on withdrawal from Paris accord: "a dark day for America"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/11/04/trump-just-formally-pulled-us-out-paris-agreement-this-is-dark-day-america/?

On Monday, President Trump took the step he promised in 2017 to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change, which every other country on Earth has signed. This is not America first; once again, it’s America isolated.

Climate change is already affecting every sector and region of the United States, as hundreds of top scientists from 13 federal agencies made clear in a report the White House itself released last year. The past five years were the warmest ever recorded. . . . Climate change also threatens national security. As we testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in April, this link has been clear for decades. Our military bases, and hence our security preparedness, are threatened by sea-level rise and other impacts. If you put a map of places with high political instability today over a map of places with high climate vulnerability, the two would be nearly identical. The American Security Project, an organization of retired flag officers who spent their careers in uniform and other leaders, calls climate change a “ring road” issue, meaning that climate change will worsen other threats facing the nation. “It will change disease vectors. It will drive migration. These changes, in turn, could affect state stability and harm global security,” the ASP reported.

Other major powers will benefit economically from the U.S. withdrawal from Paris. By putting up roadblocks to the necessary transition to a low-carbon global economy, Trump is making American businesses less competitive and leaving new jobs and economic opportunities up for grabs to other countries. The 2018 report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate details the evidence that between now and 2030, policies and measures aimed at solving this problem and building resilience could generate at least $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide in industries including renewables and energy efficiency . . . .
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Monday marks a dark day among those of us who believe in working with allies to share the burden of solving tough problems — especially a climate crisis that demands a World War II-style mass mobilization before it’s too late. But there’s a silver lining: Even as the Trump administration submits the paperwork to surrender our leadership on a climate accord we wrote, we won’t officially exit the agreement until Nov. 4, 2020. We have an election in our country on Nov. 3, 2020. The United States can rejoin the agreement at any time once we have a leader willing to do so. We must all mitigate the damage Trump does to the United States before then, but if there was ever an election in which U.S. leadership and the nation’s security were on the ballot, 2020 is it. Americans can pull the lever for the clearest choice ever on climate action to ensure that on Day One of a new administration, America will be back.

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Wawannabe Nov 4 #1
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Response to MBS (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:55 PM

1. Dark day indeed

My ❤️ sank when I saw the headline earlier.

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:56 PM

2. yeah

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:39 PM

5. Mine too

The image of the honorable John Kerry holding his young granddaughter as he signed comes to mind. Trump has grandkids, but apparently is willing to risk their future.

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Response to MBS (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 08:14 PM

3. So the 2020 election

becomes a de facto referendum on the Paris Accord.
Make sure the kids know how important electing Dems is to their very survival.

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Response to Pantagruel (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:04 PM

4. I hope that our nominee makes it an issue that we alone are not in this agreement.

Excellent op-ed from Kerry and Hagel.

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