Communities Brace for Potential Economic Impact of U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
June 1, 2017
Americans across the country are pressing Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement ahead of reports that he intends to withdraw from the landmark global pact to fight climate change. Pulling out of the agreement would not only roll back the efforts to preserve our planet for future generations, it would also have a negative impact on local economies that are working to combat climate change and create good-paying jobs.
“President Donald Trump plans to announce this week whether he’ll fulfill a campaign promise by withdrawing the U.S. from the deal. ‘He should stay within this agreement,’ Abdul-Rahman said. ‘He needs to do it for his grandchildren, for his young child. He needs to do it for my child and for all of our children.’”
“Dan Lerner, of East Durham, was sure about climate change. ‘I think climate change is caused by man-made activity. I believe in science. Hopefully, this interlude with Donald Trump will be short lived and we can get back on the right course.’”
“‘The climate is important for farmers and climate change is a very important issue that needs to be discussed,’ said Dan McManus, of Common Hands Farm, and who lives in Hudson. ‘We need our officials to speak for us because [farmers] are too busy to go to every march or protest. We are counting on our political leaders.’”
“But we call on President Trump to also listen to the business and community leaders in South Florida, who represent an area that's “Ground Zero” for sea level rise. Because of melting glaciers and ice sheets, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the sea could rise nine to 24 inches here by 2060.
“Did the president not see the photo of that octopus, which rose from a Miami Beach storm water drain in November? We're told to expect more such sightings as ocean waters push deeper into land. Let the president listen to people like Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams, a Republican. ‘We don't have the luxury of dealing in lofty debates,’ he said. ‘We have to deal with results on the local level.’”
“Some Iowa environmental leaders and lawmakers believe the state is going to continue on a path toward renewable energy regardless of the United States’ involvement in the agreement, while others worry that bailing on the deal would have a negative impact that could harm the state’s agriculture industry. ‘The implication of leaving the Paris Climate Accord is that we won’t satisfactorily reduce greenhouse gases and that has implications in terms of greater storms … an increase in insects, an increase in disease … carried by insects,’ said Pam Mackey-Taylor, chairwoman of the Conservation Committee for Iowa’s chapter of the Sierra Club. ‘It has changes in terms of … how well we can raise crops in Iowa.’”
“Rising sea levels would destroy hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of property along the Jersey Shore and North Jersey riverbanks. Warmer temperatures would prolong droughts, tax water supplies and damage New Jersey’s $1 billion farming industry. And extreme storms like Sandy would become more frequent.”
“Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined several other Massachusetts Democrats Wednesday in urging President Donald Trump to not withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, warning that such a move could jeopardize the future of his city. Walsh, who also serves as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group vice chair, railed against reports that the president is expected to pull the United States out of the 2015 accord during an impromptu City Hall news conference.”
“In Los Angeles, the number of days that downtown temperatures break 95 degrees is expected to triple by 2050. While there isn’t much LA can do on its own to make a big dent in global warming, there are a lot of policies that can mitigate its impact on urban residents.
“President Trump announced in March he would kill the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that would have regulated carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector. The move effectively begins the United States’ retreat from the commitment it made in the 2015 Paris Accord to cut its emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.”
“If President Donald Trump withdraws support for the Paris climate change accord, will efforts in the U.S. to fight global warming dry up? Hardly. Dozens of states and many cities have policies intended to reduce emissions of greenhouses gases and deal with the effects of rising temperatures. And plans for more are in the works. In left-leaning locales, it’s good politics. Even in red states where resistance is strong to the idea that humans are causing the planet to heat up, flood prevention and renewable energy are considered smart business. Yet much remains uncertain about how a dramatic shift in federal policy would affect state and local initiatives — particularly if Congress slashes funding for them, as Trump wants.”