The United States left the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, no matter who wins the election. Of the nearly 200 nations that signed the agreement, the U.S. is the only one to walk away from its promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
President Trump originally announced his intention to withdraw from the landmark agreement in 2017 and formally notified the United Nations last year. A mandatory yearlong waiting period ends on Wednesday, a coincidence that nonetheless highlights the Trump administration’s commitment to derailing efforts that address climate change.
The U.S.A. has emitted more cumulative carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country since the industrial era began in the mid-1800s. Current U.S. emissions are falling but far too slowly to avoid catastrophic warming. That’s in part because the Trump administration rolled back carbon pollution limits from power plants, cars, trucks and fossil fuel operations. American emissions rose slightly in the first two years of his administration. In 2020, the pandemic throttled the economy and led to a short-term dip.
If future generations want some justification, your ignorance is not one of them.
Talking with Americans in “progressive Seattle”, many believe their tax structure is conducive to hybrids and electric cars. Actually, it is one of the worst. To register an electrical car in Seattle costs $850 a year. A hybrid is slight less at $490 a year. After the State of Washington gave up emission inspection, an old clunker diesel pushing out pollution and carbon emissions may only cost you $300 a year or less.