Daily Kaylee: Thoughts on pulling out of the Paris Agreement

The issue of climate change can be a complicated one when you bring politics into play. For individual states, the costs of reducing greenhouse emission are almost unrelated to the benefits of a solution. If one state reduces its industrial production or makes expensive investments in new technologies, this will have little effect on the long-term outcome unless other states do likewise.

*25 percent of greenhouse gases annually come from the U.S. (20 tons per person annually).* So, I think it’s fair that the United States be required to have a heavy hand in slowing the effects of climate change.

This is an issue that needs to be looked at long term. When environmental collective goods problems are solved, the participants get a short-term bill to pay and then the long term benefits may not be enjoyed for generations, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth it and aren’t extremely important. Honestly, this is just another selfish move on the part of Donald Trump which, unfortunately, means on our part.

However, there are so many things we can do as individuals to create change. http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/





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