Seattle, Washington 98121
March 3, 2017
President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Re: The Paris Climate Accord
Dear President Trump:
Many of your administration’s decisions will primarily affect how Americans treat each other: who is allowed to pollute, who is encouraged to vote, whether the police are accountable for their actions. We can dial fiscal policies up and down and see for ourselves whether we like the results.
We will not be able to perform the same kinds of experiments with climate change, though. We have had a greater effect on the world’s atmosphere than any other country, though we have suffered less.
The world has come up with a plan to try to deal with this problem, and the United States has agreed. Withdrawal now from the Paris Climate Accord would be a betrayal of our future and everybody else’s. I hope that you will be guided by those in your inner circle who are on the side of science and not exploitation.
No matter how mighty it is, America will not continue to be a world leader if it chooses to march in the opposite direction from everybody else.