Mayors, governors, business leaders agree on Paris Agreement

More and more leaders in the United States are taking a stand with the world and the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump does not speak for them, and  those of us who stand with science, the environment and the future.

In spite of the urging of Pope Francis, Elon Musk, and even Rex Tillerson, President Trump announced that the United States would no longer be part of  the Paris Agreement.   The Paris Agreement is not legally binding. It is an honor system, more of a handshake among world leaders.

Could it be that Donald Trump did not like the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron's handshake? It's true that President Trump supported  Macron's  far-right rival, Marine Le Pen. It is disturbing but not surprising that  President Trump did what he did.  His allegiance is with oil and  dictators.

Since this announcement, Elon Musk has resigned from President Trump's advisory board. Acting US ambassador to China David Rank has resigned from his post in Beijing because he could not "in good conscience" support the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. You can read more here.

In the wake of the  Paris announcement, many international businesses and leaders of  states and cities in the US have taken it upon themselves to stand with the Paris Agreement. They  will  work with the rest of the world toward a more sustainable future.  You can read the open letter, and a list of the participants here.

In the graphic above, you can see the Green states that have joined the Climate Alliance. Illinois has not joined, yet.

Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago are on the list.  As the CTA celebrates the  125th anniversary of the elevated train lines today, we celebrate the vision of public transportation, and livable urban environments.  Yes, there is a lot of work to be done.

There are things that each of us as individuals can do, too. We can be less wasteful and more generous. We can be more conscious of our energy  and water usage. We can drive less and walk more. We can learn about the world and the weather we all share.

 

 

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  • Thank you for a very clear argument (in the logical sense). It reminds me of part of my favorite poem, by Robert Burns, "Epistle to a Young Friend:"
    "The fear of hell's a hangman's whip
    to hold the wretch in order,
    but where you feel your honor grip,
    let that aye be your border."
    Honor isn't gripping much in Washington, but it can in other places.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks so much for reading. This climate action movement is really encouraging to me.

  • On the CTA front, I'm not so sure about their commitment. They said in the budget released in Oct. 2015 that they had existing Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality money for battery electric buses. They still haven't advertised for bids and are still running the 15-16 year old buses that they used as justification for the before and after emissions data. Their "Clean Air Hybrid Buses" emit as much soot as the conventional ones.

    On the Trump front, we knew what he intended to do when he appointed Pruitt as head of the EPA, who thought that his job while state attorney general was suing the EPA on behalf of presumably ConocoPhillips.He may have thought that he was doing something for his W Va, Pa, and Oh voters (I guess he isn't a politician because he kept a promise) but I don't think coal jobs are coming back. I doubt that he supports the Black Lung Act, either. One thing not mentioned in the Affordable Care Act debate is that it also made it easier to get Black Lung benefits.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack! No, coal isn't coming back. Neither is whaling. EPA doesn't want to talk about Black Lung, and mention of climate change has been deleted.

    The climate alliance may be a gesture of solidarity, but it is a positive thing. Yes, there is real work to do. The buses are a good example, thank you. So much politics and greed...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    In the CTA case, it is rather strange politics MAYOR EMANUEL announces that all sorts of things are going to be done, but few are, and most of those, like the hybrid bus overhaul, have nothing to do with him. In the case of the recent L car (unsuccessful) protest, his big mouth was cited as a ground.

  • I am proud of those who stood up for our earth and the Paris Agreement. Thanks for such a great post!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Kathy, thank you so much for reading! Yes, we can make a difference and a better world.

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