President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace. At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations.
The United States must play a leading role in the global campaign to stop climate change and transition rapidly away from fossil fuels to renewable and more efficient sources of energy. We must do this with or without the support of Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry.
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Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord – Camila Domonoske and Colin Dwyer (NPR News, June 1, 2017).
Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord, Drawing Fire from Opponents Around the Globe – TruthDig (June 1, 2017).
Trump's Paris Withdrawal: "One of the Most Ignorant and Dangerous" Actions of Any President – Michael Brune (EcoWatch, June 1, 2017).
"Destructive Fossil Fuel Puppet" Trump Ditches Climate Deal with Fact-Free Speech – Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams, June 1, 2017).
Our Disgraceful Exit From the Paris Accord – The Editorial Board (The New York Times, June 1, 2017).
World Doubles Down on Climate Action, Prepares to Lead Without U.S. – EcoWatch (June 1, 2017).
French President Emmanuel Macron Responds to Trump: “Make Our Planet Great Again” – Alex Ward (Vox, June 1, 2017).
Barack Obama Releases Rare Statement, Calls Exit from Paris Agreement "Absence of American Leadership" – David Badash (The New Civil Rights Movement, June 1, 2017).
Pittsburgh Mayor Hits Back After Trump Invokes City in Climate Speech – Eli Watkins (CNN, June 1, 2017).
Donald Trump Claims to Champion Pittsburgh Over Paris. He Knows Nothing of Pittsburgh – Henry Grabar (Slate, June 1, 2017).
Trump Misunderstood MIT Climate Research, University Officials Say – Emily Flitter (Reuters, June 1, 2017).
Trump’s Reasons for Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement Just Don’t Add Up – Chris Mooney (The Washington Post, June 1, 2017).
Trump’s Argument for Withdrawing From Paris Agreement Contains Multi-trillion Dollar Math Error – Samantha Page (Think Progress, June 1, 2017).
Trump Just Passed on the Best Deal the Planet Has Ever Seen – David Suzuki (The Guardian, June 1, 2017).
The Weather Channel’s Response to Trump’s Paris Pullout Was Potent and Perfect – Will Oremus (Future Tense, June 1, 2017).
GE Head Fires Back at Trump: "Climate Change Is Real" – Max Greenwood (The Hill, June 1, 2017).
Trump Paris Fallout: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Steps Down from White House Councils – Ali Breland (The Hill, June 1, 2017).
Disney’s CEO Joins Elon Musk and Quits Trump’s Business Council – Kevin Wallace (Resistance Report, June 1, 2017).
Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord – Hiroko Tabuchi and Henry Fountain (The New York Times, June 1, 2017).
An Incredibly Telling Thing Trump Said at Today’s Paris Event Wasn’t About Climate at All – Matthew Yglesias (Vox, June 1, 2017).
Paris and the Battle of Trumpism – Josh Marshall (Talking Points Memo, June 1, 2017).
Fact Checking Trump’s Climate Speech – Vanessa Schipani, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, and Robert Farley (FactCheck.org, June 1, 2017).
How an Energized People's Movement Can Counter Trump and Save the Planet – Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams, June 1, 2017).
UPDATES: Paris Accord Exit Signals End of US Global Leadership – Fintan O'Toole (The Irish Times, June 2, 2017).
How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science – Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton (The New York Times, June 3, 2017).
How Scientists Reacted to the US Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement – Quirin Schiermeier and Jeff Tollefson (Scientific America, June 2, 2017).
Michael Bloomberg: US States and Businesses Will Still Meet Paris Targets – Press Association via The Guardian (June 3, 2017).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• The People's Climate Solidarity March – Minneapolis, 4/29/17
• The Paris Climate Talks, Multilateralism, and a "New Approach to Climate Action"
• Signs of the Times
• Earth Day 2017
• "It Is All Connected"
• Standing Together
• Standing in Prayer and Solidarity with the Water Protectors of Standing Rock
• A Record High
• Prayer of the Week – April 24, 2017
• Earth Day 2015
• Quote of the Day – September 19, 2014
• Something to Think About – April 22, 2014
• Carrying It On
• Quote of the Day – May 31, 2011
• "The Movement of Love and Inclusion Has Just Been Unleashed"