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Letter: The U.S. is weaker when it works alone

President Trump has taken the U. S. out of the Paris Climate Accords. He has implied that his reason for getting out of the Accords was that the rest of the world was using the Paris Climate Accords to take advantage of the U.S. and U. S. businesses. That is not how the Paris Climate Accord works. Each country makes up its own goals and its own plans under the Accords. The United States makes up its own plans with no input from other countries. The same goes for Japan, Canada, Mexico, China and every other country. Also, there are no penalties if any country fails to meet its goals or even fails to follow its plan. The entire plan for each country is aspirational. The entire plan for each country is voluntary. There are no countries which get any control of any kind over the United States or any other country because of this plan. Google "Paris Climate Accords, voluntary" and find out much more about the Accords.

What does the American business community think about President Trump taking the U. S. out of the Paris Climate Accords. Consider the following quote from the Harvard Business Review in response to President Trump taking the U.S. out of the Paris Accords, "This is a horrible decision for business, for the United States and for humanity." On May 10, thirty CEO's wrote an open letter to President Trump urging him to stay in the Paris Climate Accords. Two Minnesota companies on the list are 3M Company and Cargill Inc. For a complete list and much more google "Harvard Business Review: U.S. Business Leaders Want to Stay in Paris Climate Accord."

Following are quotes from some very well known business Leaders regarding President Trump's decision to leave the Paris Accords. First, Mark Zuckerberg, "withdrawing from the Paris Climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk." Second, Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver." Third, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, "Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world." There are many more quotes. Google "Business leaders react to Trumps Paris Accord decision."

How about good paying jobs? In 1923 employment in coal mining peaked at 863,000 coal miners. Since then mechanization has greatly decreased employment in coal mining. By the end of 2016 the coal industry employed approximately 50,000 coal miners.To get this information google "history of coal mining employment in the United States." This is compared to 260,000 Americans currently working in the solar industry. The entire world is ramping up renewable energy investment, research, and production. This is where there will be a big increase in jobs in the future.

The United States is joining two other countries, Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not in the Paris Climate Accords. The United States is much stronger when it works with its allies and the rest of the world. The United States is weaker when it works alone.

Robert Peterson

Henning, MN

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