It is widely reported that President Trump will pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is the most dangerous move Trump has made yet. Not only does Trump seem dead set on ruining the lives of living Americans, but he also seeks to ruin the lives of Americans in perpetuity.
The Right’s denial of climate change is politics at its worst. Our conservative-run government is perfectly willing to put the future of the world in jeopardy to score some political points with Big Oil and Big Coal who donate heavily to further their financial interests. It’s pathetic and it’s going to have a serious impact on people’s lives for generations to come.
Americans seem to only care about things that directly impact their lives without giving a thought about human life elsewhere. Therefore, the following are some of the impacts that are currently visible throughout the U.S. and will continue to affect these regions, according to the Third National Climate Assessment Report, released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program:
Northeast. Heat waves, heavy downpours and sea level rise pose growing challenges to many aspects of life in the Northeast. Infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and ecosystems will be increasingly compromised. Many states and cities are beginning to incorporate climate change into their planning.
Northwest. Changes in the timing of streamflow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off.
Southeast. Sea level rise poses widespread and continuing threats to the region’s economy and its environment. Extreme heat will affect health, energy, agriculture and more. Decreased water availability will have economic and environmental impacts.
Midwest. Extreme heat, heavy downpours, and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, air and water quality, and more. Climate change will also exacerbate a range of risks to the Great Lakes.
Southwest. Increased heat, drought and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.
The Paris Climate Agreement is the world’s attempt to curb the future effect of what should be a bipartisan issue. The climate doesn’t care whether you are a Democrat or Republican. We are actively destroying the planet that our ancestors will be forced to inhabit. Not only that, we know we are destroying it, we know the dire consequences, we know there are steps we could take to slow it down, and we aren’t doing anything about it!
Our neglect of the issues posed by climate change is the great sin our generation will be remembered for in history. I honestly don’t know how those politicians opposed to even acknowledging this problem – let alone attempting to fix it – can sleep at night.