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America is in a race to the bottom when it comes to doing what it takes to clean up our environment and reduce climate change.
With the United States’ recent withdrawal for the Paris Climate Agreement, where over 200 countries agreed to do something to reduce air pollution, America is in a race to the bottom. This move puts us in the same group as Syria and Nicaragua. America is now lumped with Syria and Nicaragua? Really?
When it comes to nations committing to do what they can to stop global warming, and reduce toxic emissions into Earth’s fragile atmosphere, the United States should be leading the way. The U.S. has the largest carbon footprint of all the nations that signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Our way of life—gas and oil usage in our modes of transportation, our use and improper disposal of plastics and aerosol products, to name a few—our overall fossil fuel consumption is doing the most damage to the Earth’s environment.
Yet, President Trump has gone ahead and announced that the U.S. is pulling out of the Climate Agreement. This indicates America will not be held accountable to do all it can to save our planet for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren—not only our posterity, but humankind.
Once a world leader in so many areas, America is in a race to the bottom when it comes to caring for and protecting planet Earth.
America became a leader nation because of its Democratic principles, and individual rights that go hand-in-hand with a free capitalistic entrepreneurial society. But, when saving or making more money for a few people trumps doing the best for a healthy quality life for all humanity, then it is time to recognize how far out of balance America has become.
It is time to ask, what values do we as Americans hold dear. Are any of those values sacrosanct? Or, are we willing to do what seems to be financially expedient regardless of the negative consequences short and long term?
Choosing to ignore and distort the scientific facts about global warming, climate change, and the dangers of an atmosphere laden with pollutants will not “make America great again.”
America is in a race to the bottom among its long-standing allies and most other nations on Earth, except Syria and Nicaragua, when it comes to cleaning up our environment.
As Americans, do we care?
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