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Trump foolish pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

On Thursday, June 1, President Donald J. Trump announced that America would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.

The agreement was originally adopted by countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015  at a meeting in Paris.

A total of 196 countries all over the world, including members of the European Union, signed onto the agreement.

The whole purpose of the agreement is to mitigate global warming and to find ways to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions from factories and industries.

“The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the executive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump said in a statement.

You would figure that if President Trump loved American workers so much, he would be concerned about their health and well-being, especially when it comes to the environment and emissions.

President Trump went on to say that the agreement “effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America” and touted the opening of several coal mines in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

There is no such thing as “clean coal.” While the idea of “clean coal” has been bandied about for years, it has never been developed or fully realized.

According to The Center For Climate and Energy Solutions, carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion represented 24.5 percent of total American greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.

The organization lists the United States, China and India as the top producers and consumers of coal, which is responsible for 44 percent of global Carbon Dioxide emissions.

Furthermore, Trump’s pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord sets a bad example to the rest of the world when it comes to safeguarding the earth’s environment.

One day after Trump’s announcement, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he was committing Connecticut to join the United States Climate Alliance.

The alliance is a still-forming coalition of states which will be committed to upholding the Paris Climate Accord.

Twelve states, including New York, California and Washington, as well as Puerto Rico, have all agreed to be part of the alliance.

While this is admirable, this is still not all 50 states.

A true agreement to mitigate global warming would include all of America, which is why the Paris Climate Accord is important.

Meanwhile, back on June 1, Trump said that “It’s time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with many, many other locations within our great country, before Paris, France.”

The last time we looked on a map all of those locations in America were part of the world, just like France.

What we do in America with our environment has an impact on other parts of the world, just as how other parts of the world impact America.