Sunday, January 8, 2017

China Taking Climate Change Leadership, Trump Withdrawing From the Paris Agreement

Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative
for climate change affairs delivers a speech.
 Photograph: Abdeljalil Bounhar/INBAR/AP
After years of environmental neglect, China is moving in the right direction: China’s National Energy Administration has announced it will spend more than $360 billion on renewable energy.

Unlike Trump and the Republican Party, China realizes that climate change is real and an existential threat. Trump is threatening to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.

So, with the election of Donald Trump, the United States is moving in the wrong direction: Donald Trump and the Republican Party are committed to eliminating/reducing regulatory environmental protections. Trump and the Republicans claim climate change is a hoax, and are committed to fossil fuels to meet our energy needs.

Trump and the Republicans are destroying the place we call home. China is committing to an energy policy that will keep safe the place they call home, and at the same time contribute to making our world environmentally safe for all of us.

An uninhabitable earth at some point in our future is not unreasonable. Years of disregard for mother earth can cause components of the earth system to change. We should not shrug off warnings of cataclysmic environmental transformations.

And, for those who think that climate change warnings are a hoax, just a hullabaloo over nothing, scoffing at the idea of an impending environmental catastrophe, I have one question: what if you’re wrong? What harm can come from taking meaningful action now rather than wait until it’s too late.

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