Word of the Day: Paris

I want to start off this post by saying that I did not vote for the current U.S. president.

I am someone who, by an alt-right member’s POV, is a bleeding heart liberal. I have no doubt an alt-righter would sprinkle in other choice words to describe me, but I’m not going to list them here.

As you’ve read in the news, Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement this week. Though I figured he would, reading the news was still a slap in the face. I guess when you choose to cherry pick years old research and spout outdated numbers, you assume your audience will take it at face value and not do any research of their own. Again, Trump and his administration have greatly underestimated the public.

With his constant need for applause and approval from his voter base, Trump has further alienated our allies and worse: he has betrayed the entire planet. Of course, his argument is he was “elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.” By “making America great again,” by trying to resurrect an industry that will have a short-lived profit rate, (that’s an optimistic outlook, there is no saving the coal industry) Trump has chosen to remove the U.S. from the negotiating table.

We won’t be at the forefront of environmental conservation, unless we continue to do what’s right. All it takes is a few changes to help the environment. Turning off lights, recycling plastics and cardboard and composting kitchen scraps will help. They may seem like small acts, but they’ll have a big impact.

On the plus side, the Paris Climate Agreement isn’t easy to pull out of. Trump will be in office for three of his four-year term before the U.S. is able to leave the agreement. In essence, all Trump was looking for was an empty slap on the back from his base. For him, even a sham victory is enough.

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