Throughout his campaign, Trump made promises to exit the Paris Agreement, claiming it would hurt our economy due to the inability to create manufacturing jobs that contribute greatly to climate change (ignoring the fact that technological advances have taken over antiquated manufacturing jobs).
Trump also appointed Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a well-known activist standing against the plans of the EPA. In short, he denies the scientific conclusion that human behavior is the leading cause for harmful emissions resulting in a substantially warmer climate.
The Paris Agreement, however, is a global agreement among all nations to combat climate change through a specific set of standards and actions each country must take. The most important aspects of the agreement are:
1. To keep the warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit).
2. Rich countries are required to give $100 billion a year in order to help poorer countries finance their eco-friendly changes.
3. Developed countries have to spearhead the reduction of gas emissions while developing countries have to increase their efforts to cut down on emissions.
4. They will review the plan every five years and update it as needed to make their plan as effective as possible.
5. Plan to have greenhouse gas emissions peak as soon as it can so it can begin to decrease.
6. Attempt to minimize damage that has already been done especially in poorer countries.
The United States is the second leading country in greenhouse gas emissions behind China, whose population is more than four times the size of ours. Our country is an enormous contributor to climate change, and by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement we will continue to negatively impact the planet.
Working towards combating climate change will have to commence with altering our own behavior, but once that precedent is set, we will continue to grow in a positive manner.
I am asking, no -- begging President Trump to please join the agreement. He's taken away money from food stamps, health insurance and student loans, yet has lowered taxes for the richest people in our country. The least he can do is take some of that 800 billion slashed from Medicaid and help fix the planet.
Perhaps the Paris agreement will destroy certain jobs as a result of their negative effects on the environment, but it will simultaneously create many new jobs in order to follow the Paris Agreement standards. My confusion really begins with, yes it's important to create and keep jobs for the American people, but won't that not matter if the planet dies? Because if you weren't aware if the Earth goes, we're all going down with it.