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Exiting the Paris Accord Is Right for America

Monday, June 5, 2017 @ 9:50 AM
Exiting the Paris Accord Is Right for America Walker Wildmon Assistant to the President MORE

Recently, President Trump withdrew the United States from what is known as the Paris Climate Accord.

The accord was essentially a deal between more than 150 countries whose goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In reality, this deal only punished the United States because we’re the only country that plays by the rules. No to mention this accord created a slush fund called the “Green Climate Fund” which consists of billions of dollars that no one seems to know what happens to.  It is also important to note that this is a non-binding agreement, meaning that it has no enforcement power behind it. Not only was this agreement a bad deal for the American economy, it was entirely unnecessary.

Have you ever heard of the Environmental Protection Agency or the EPA? They’re best known for their burdensome regulations that often lead to the shutting down of coal plants, slapping fines on companies and forcing some folks to turn their land over to the government. You can read a Forbes article titled “The EPA: The Worst Of Many Rogue Federal Agencies.” The article provides some examples of what I mentioned.

As Christians we’re called to be good stewards of God’s creation. My argument is not whether we should be good stewards but that America is already a very good steward of our country and its resources. While I don’t like certain regulatory agencies like the EPA, they have their role in protecting the environment. With common sense laws and regulations America has and can continue to have some of the cleanest air and water in the world.

If you go to China, specifically Beijing, you often time can’t see twenty feet in front of you because of the smog. When you go to cities in Mexico, the streets are full of litter and highly polluted water leaving an unbearable smell at times. Try Africa where people often die because of the bacteria in the water. When you take a look around the world, America is doing pretty well with its environment. Not to mention the United States is the most developed country in the world meaning that it uses the most energy compared to other developed countries.

There can be a balance between fostering a good environment and ensuring prosperity for America’s families. Too often countries overregulate their citizens in the name of protecting the environment. This leads to businesses closing, unaffordable energy prices and ultimately increased poverty. God created man in His image to steward the earth, not to be subservient to the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).

By President Trump withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord, he is placing American families above the demands of globalist elites. This is a bold and noble act that will go down in history for good.

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