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Letter: U.S. needs to honor Paris climate accord

U.S. needs to honor Paris climate accord

I’m writing in response to the Los Angeles Times article in the March 28 News. Evan Halper succinctly outlines President Trump’s order to dismantle present U.S. policies designed to lessen the pace of global warming. In a word, Trump is breaking our country’s promises to the other 194 nations that signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is a moral issue. If we can’t keep our word, who will trust us in the future?

Scientists tell us that coming generations will inherit a stormier, more unpredictable, more parched earth than the one we inhabit. I’m a Sister of Mercy and a former biology teacher. I was particularly concerned by a small but significant local example of the effect of overheating that occurred in the dry months of the summer of 2016, when the parched ground shifted, breaking water pipes in Buffalo. It reminded me of the two consecutive years (2011-2012) of drought that I lived through in Laredo, Texas, where 600-foot-deep wells of ranchers went dry, and where a wildfire in Mexico actually jumped the Rio Grande to set a Texas town ablaze.

I am proud of the record of Rep. Brian Higgins, Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, all of whom consistently vote to support measures that slow the progress of global warming. I urge Congress to publicly recognize the urgency of holding to the standards we accepted as a nation in signing the Paris Agreement.

Margaret Quinlan, RSM


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