Deal or no deal, our environment must be protected

Date Published: 
June 9, 2017

When President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reactions were fast and furious across the board.

Trump’s rationale was that it was a bad deal for the United States, and negatively impacted the job market here. Those opposed to the decision said this is a horrific move against the environment and science, and that the United States will lose its ability to be a world leader. We’re not here to debate his decision, or the thought process behind it.

But we will suggest that protecting the environment is of vital importance to this community, in particular.

Ours is an area that features beaches, farms, waterways and ample (though much less than before) wooded areas, and we are the lowest-lying state in the nation. We thrive on being outside and enjoying all that is around us. It’s important that we protect it, if you believe in climate change or not. Pollutants are bad, right? Is that one singular item we can all agree on today?

On Monday, Gov. John Carney announced that Delaware has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. As of Tuesday, 13 states had signed on to participate.

If each community would be responsible for their contributions to the environment, perhaps the environment can be saved. Greenhouse gases in Delaware come from three key sources, according to Carney’s office — energy production, transportation and industry. If more states jump into the agreement, there’s a good chance real change can happen. If not, we might be looking at a very different future.