A man who believes that climate change is a “hoax” wants to pull the United States entirely out of the Paris climate agreement — a disaster for the millions who will die climate change-related deaths from flooding, forced migration, starvation, drought, and extreme weather. Not to mention the risks these things bring to the world's security.
Worse, even if the president-elect is slowed in his effort to pull out of this carefully negotiated international agreement, he can still move rapidly on his anti-green agenda in other ways: decimating US federal agencies engaged in moving us to a greener society, canceling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and slashing federal funding for renewable energy.
And though their economies are smaller than California's, states such as Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington are not far behind — or even ahead of California — when it comes to certain new ideas and initiatives regarding rooftop solar, batteries, energy efficiency, and R&D. (Just imagine what's cooking in the labs at MIT's Energy Initiative, for example.)
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