Trump can’t stop lo­cal clean en­ergy, climate ef­forts with Paris with­drawal

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The bad news: Pres­i­dent Trump last week sealed his rep­u­ta­tion as an eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal wreck­ing ball with few ri­vals in U.S. his­tory.

Lo­cally, his de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Climate Agree­ment threat­ens to re­duce jobs and shrink our re­gional econ­omy. It would do so by em­brac­ing frack­ing and a dy­ing coal in­dus­try over the jobs-cre­at­ing mar­kets for wind and so­lar power.

Trump has en­dan­gered our coastal mil­i­tary bases in Vir­ginia with more sea-level rise. He has en­dan­gered Wash­ing­ton, D.C. cit­i­zens with more life-threat­en­ing ur­ban heat waves. He has en­dan­gered Mary­land agri­cul­ture with more er­ratic weather that harms ev­ery­thing from fruit trees to live­stock.

The good news: Pres­i­dent Trump can­not stop the grow­ing lo­cal move­ment to­ward clean en­ergy or the broader in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to sta­bi­lize our global climate. Lo­cally, states are mov­ing faster to­ward clean en­ergy than ever be­fore be­cause of Trump’s crim­i­nal re­jec­tion of climate sci­ence and sound pol­icy.

Vir­ginia has just an­nounced the state’s first-ever car­bon cap on power plant pol­lu­tion. Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is mov­ing to­ward a city­wide car­bon fee that cre­atively cuts pol­lu­tion while boost­ing in­di­vid­ual in­comes. And Mary­land has just banned frack­ing while ap­prov­ing the coun­try’s largest off­shore wind farm.

This ro­bust state ac­tion can­not and will not be slowed by Trump’s fed­eral re­jec­tion of climate truth and eco­nomic san­ity. The cit­i­zens of Mary­land, Vir­ginia and the District should rest as­sured that our states — along with pro­gres­sive states across the coun­try — will con­tinue to grow our economies with clean en­ergy while ful­fill­ing our his­toric col­lec­tive duty to help solve the climate cri­sis for our chil­dren and the rest of the world.

Mike Tid­well, Bal­ti­more The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ch­e­sa­peake Climate Ac­tion Net­work.

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