Last week, President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord – an international climate change action plan signed by more than 190 countries.
In Washington state, we know firsthand the damages of climate change. From longer and worsening fire seasons, increased pests and invasive species, an acidifying ocean to more unpredictable natural disasters, the vast majority of the population recognizes climate change as a growing problem in need of international solutions Science should not be a partisan issue.
President Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement will endanger our children’s health, their future and the planet. It’s a reckless decision that harms the reputation of our country, jeopardizing our role as a global leader on combating climate change.
To protect our planet, we need to invest in meaningful steps to build a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources. As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, I’ve called for a goal of more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030. We should be leading the way in the emerging green economy. Clean energy technology will create jobs, reduce costs for businesses and consumers, strengthen our national security and improve our standard of living.
I’m deeply disappointed in the President’s decision to withdraw. I believe that to strengthen our economy, we need to take control of our country’s energy future, not cling to the past. I will continue to work with my colleagues to build a new green economy and find innovative solutions to address climate change for our health and the health of future generations.
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