Realistic Encouragement re: Trump’s Paris Climate Exit
25 states, 16 multinationals, 468 Mayors, and the global economy all pushing for the Paris Climate Accord
Obviously, Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Agreement is one of the most significant manuevers of his administration. Here’s some good news about states, cities, megacorps, and consumers:
- The US Climate Alliance is bipartisan, has 25 members states today. Read their Sept. 23 press release re: their vision.
- There are 468 mayors, representing 74 million Americans, who have comitted to “adopt, honor & uphold” the Paris Climate Agreement.
- 16 of the largest US corporations (Apple, BHP Billiton, BP, DuPont, General Mills, Google, Intel, Microsoft, National Grid, Novartis Corporation, PG&E, Rio Tinto, Schneider Electric, Shell, Unilever, Walmart) say they are positioned to lead on decarbonization and sent a letter to the president in 2017 urging him to stick with the Agreement.
- Market forces are already shuttering coal plants and accelerating clean electricity and clean transportation sector-growth. Emissions dropped in 2019 in the USA without adherence to Paris, and renewables’ profitability is now well-established. Not to mention the Tesla’s breakthrough success and influence all over the world.
No, the US is not reducing emissions quick enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s designations at the present time, but we are reducing emissions voluntarily and for profit.
More importantly, as most of my posts here show, focusing on biospheric climate solutions — protecting, restoring, and stewarding wild ecosystems, is a faster, larger and more beneficial means of stopping and reversing climate change than any or all of the above technological means. Also more urgent. We need both.
There are many ways forward.