Five years after the Paris climate accord, coupled with more recent experience with global “leaders” like China and Russia, should cause us to rethink whether the U.S. should rejoin this accord, as President-elect Biden has pledged.

While a recent article in the News-Post proclaimed “that the Paris climate accord is working,” we should consider whether it is worth the added burden on the U.S. economy to continue participating in this accord. The U.S. should allow the rest of the world to catch up to the progress we have achieved for decades under the Clean Air Act.

Rejoining the Accord will weigh down our economy with new mandates to make up for the deficiencies in other nations’ meeting their climate goals. For a nation chafing under a constrained economy to combat a virus imported from China, the last thing the American people need is for our economy to be locked down further in pursuit of global environmental objectives while other foreign nations cannot meet their global obligations, or even worse, intentionally dodge them to protect their own economies.

The U.S. led the way for the past five years. Let’s assess whether we have followers before we sign on for another five.

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wran

Elon Musk says world must double electrical energy output for electric cars. Not going to happen with wind and solar. And, this did not come from Fox news.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-electric-germany-idUSKBN28B5Q8

MD1756

Pollution controls on power plants are better than pollution controls on cars and in any event, if you put solar on your house like I have, I meet my home energy needs with a little left over to charge my plug-in car, the rest comes from a power plant, but my overall fossil fuel consumption is dramatically decreased.

MD1756

The LTE writer does not appear to know what he is talking about. EPA only published its green house gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule, in May 2010. Prior to that, the CAA regulated mostly criteria pollutants and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from stationary sources (of course there are also mobile sources and CFC regulations, but again mobile source regulations were not addressing GHGs). The US has the 3rd largest population (behind China and India) yet it far outweighs those countries on a per capita basis for CO2 emissions (I've posted about this in the past). It is our responsibility to clean up after our own mess. Unless we want to pay untold trillions to deal with adverse impact of climate change (such as rising sea levels requiring large scale movement of populations that will be under water in the future) we had better start addressing the problem now. We also should not be waiting only for governments to take action but each person should be making decisions about their impact. I for one have installed solar (12.3 kW system) for electric production and use geothermal for my heating and cooling and drive a plug-in hybrid. Every one of us needs to take responsibility for their own actions.

Hayduke2

I would like the author of the letter to tell me what has changed for him personally in terms of cost, etc. since pulling out? Nothing! Wanting to isolate the US and not be an international leader never worked, nor will it in this case.

llrowse

Oh, yes. Isolationism has worked so well on so many levels. Let’s definitely lead the way in the continual destruction of the environment. The level of selfishness and ignorance in this letter is profoundly ignorant.

Brewerpaul

Make no mistake, this is a life or death issue. Probably not for people living today, but for our children,grandchildren, and all other future generations, stopping climate change will make the difference between having a planet that supports life versus one that does not.

All other issues pale into insignificance compared to this one,including the economy,political allegiance etc.

The world can't wait for other nations to come up to snuff on their own regulations on factors that affect the environment. ALL nations, large and small, developed or less developed, MUST do everything in their power to address the issue NOW, and this includes the US rejoining the Paris Climate Accord.

We used to be a global model of what's appropriate and what's not. Our status in that regard has been much eroded during the current administration. Here's hoping that the new administration will help reverse that troubling trend in all avenues, including climate change.

TomWheatley

Is there a third Young brother named Thane?

Deforestation in Brazil is a huge problem and the soils are poor to begin with, thus creating a feedback loop to clear more of the thin land for crops. We/Earth could do well by simply feeding the people there with food grown elsewhere and have them stop cutting the trees down.

fjulia

Once again someone who doesn't understands the accords. It does not mandate the US to do anything. It sets goals and each nation would decide how and when it would move to get there. Why is it so hard to understand that.

bosco

Follow the money, and please read so that you will understand:

https://www.factcheck.org/2017/05/trump-paris-agreement/

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Hayduke2

Well, thanks for the post bosco. But I did read it and apparently you somehow think it supports the letter writers argument. It really doesn't. Did you not understand it ?

bosco

I posted something from factcheck.org, and you ASSUME to know what I think? That's too funny. [thumbup][ninja]

Greg F

Binky, we always know what side of the fence you sit on. Whatever Fox says is the side.

llrowse

Unfortunately, ignorance has been leading the way for the last four years.

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