Someone I knew was very pointed and eloquent about his anger towards reports that Trump would likely pull out of the Paris Accords, going on at length about how he was trying to convince what he called his "Republican and/or still-Trump-supporting friends" about why this was so disastrous to world climate.
Not shockingly, I agreed with all he said but explained that there's actually another reason to be against pulling out of the Paris Accord which might resonate even more with his Republican and/or still-Trump-supporting friends than icky science, research and facts, because it on a far-more prosaic level. I heard it discussed by a Congressman earlier today, and it's very basic --
By pulling out of the Paris Accords (if we do...), the United States loses the moral leadership on Climate Change. And this is a massively growing industry for the entire world. As such it will be other countries -- including China which has already begun a major investment in the field -- who take the leadership in developing alternative energy solutions. There will be no special reason for other countries to look to the United States for technology in what is clearly a growing international industry. That means lost jobs and lost leadership in the next big technology.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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