Keep the United States in the Paris Agreement before official withdrawal
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The United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on global climate change will have dire affects for the citizens of the United States as well as citizens of the world.
A petition to the White House has been started, please sign:
Formal withdrawal from the agreement would occur in November 2019 and the United States should remain in this agreement for a number of reasons, including:
1) The Climate
The goal of the Paris deal is to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius and keep the planet from warming to a level which would cause irreversible consequences to human societies and our planet. The agreement helps to set a framework in place for countries to reach their targets and raises funds to to assist less developed nations to invest in green technologies.
All contributions and limits are determined by each individual country. There are no consequences if the country does not meet their target and the countries try to achieve their targets in good faith. There is no threat to our sovereignty and no way of gaining a better deal since the treaty is voluntary.
It should be noted that the United States produces nearly one-fifth of all global emissions and is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
2) US Leadership and Foreign Relationships
The Paris Agreement will be happening with or without the United States. The only countries in the world not involved are Syria and Nicaragua; there is no possible renegotiation.
Trump exiting the agreement has created immense criticism from other countries, and fostered the path for the EU, China, and India to lead the clean energy revolution without the United States. It is unknown how this may affect the US future trade talks with other nations, but it surely will not improve our position.
3) Global Economy
According to researchers at Berkley and Stanford, if warming continues and we have not adapted, global incomes will drastically decrease paralleled by a widening of global income inequality. Additionally, the renewable energy sector is booming with over a 25% increase in jobs in 2016. Regardless of Trump policies, job losses in fossil fuels will continue to decline, in addition to increasing usage in the global economy of renewable sources, rather than fossil fuels. The policies Trump wants to institute may have short term gains, but might come at a cost in the green energy sector which may provide more long term sustainable jobs.
These are a few of the many reasons why the United States should remain in the Paris Agreement. The duty of the president is to protect the citizens of the United States and this is a clear threat to our future. Please sign this petition to encourage President Donald Trump to remain the Paris Agreement.
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