President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement. In the weeks following no evidence has surfaced to support the President’s claim that this will be good for the U.S. His greatest argument that it will bring back coal jobs is false. It is not the Paris Agreement or tighter restrictions and regulations that are effecting the coal industry, it is the dropping cost of renewable energy making it a cheaper, safer and cleaner alternative. This will continue to undercut coal and even oil no matter what Trump does as energy giants continue to recognize that renewable energy is the future and move their money in that direction.
What has come out in the weeks since the President’s Paris Agreement announcement is that our pull out will actually be very harmful to the United States. Corporate giants and economic and environmental experts alike are providing plenty of evidence to suggest this.
This negative impact on the economy and environment should be of great concern to the Northwest Suburbs. Residents here care greatly about economic growth and the United State’s standing in the worlds economy. We also have deep ties to our environment as many venture to the forests and lakes for our weekend and family vacation recreation. Clean water, clean air and protection of our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same natural luxuries we now enjoy one important to us.
Here in Minnesota Governor Dayton has come out in support of the Paris Agreement, followed by the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie. Many of the Northwest Suburbs largest employers such as Target, Best Buy, Cargill and 3M have joined other large employers as part of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, working toward a respectable and attainable goal of procuring all their energy from emission-free sources.
Many Minnesota cities are choosing to be leaders in climate action and renewable energy as well. In conjunction with the University of Minnesota cities such as Duluth, Elk River, Morris and Rochester are participating in the Climate Smart Municipalities, new international ideas and technology exchange program.
So what about Plymouth, Maple Grove and surrounding suburban cities? Where do they stand on the Paris Agreement and keeping our suburbs, state and country at the forefront of economic, environmental and energy growth and leadership? Thus far, not a whole lot.
They need to hear from you! Call your local representatives today and ask them to join with other leading state’s, cities and companies in upholding the Paris Agreement and showing the world that we will step up and continue to be the leaders in economy and environment that we have always prided ourselves to be.