Sunday, June 11, 2017

There are no jobs on a dead planet

Was President Trump right to withdraw from the Paris climate accord?

By: Dave Gardner and David Pico June 10, 2017 Colorado Springs Gazette

Dave Gardner directed the documentary "GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth" and hosts the syndicated radio series/podcast "Conversation Earth." David Pico is a published author and entrepreneur. Both live in Colorado Springs.

President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the Paris climate accord lets everyone down - U.S. citizens, the nations of the world and all our children.

It took the world a long time to take climate change seriously. It took the U.S. even longer. Getting 195 nations on board the Paris Agreement was a major milestone. The accord isn't enough to avoid significant climate disruption, but it is a step in that direction. Taking the next step is now a bigger leap.

Here, Trump cedes the very thing he wants - the U.S. being looked to as a leader. Failing to honor the accord, abdicating our responsibility, instead cements our place as a Third World country.

Around the world, many still prioritize economic growth ahead of ensuring a livable planet. Trump underscores that with every decision and pronouncement. His Paris announcement adds an exclamation point. This is not the path to a healthy economy. Healthy ecosystems are a fundamental requirement.

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