Speak Out: Pulling out of climate pact

The United States has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.

Nearly 200 nations signed the climate deal in which each country provides its own goals to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that lead to climate change.

• We all live on the same planet and breathe the same air. Trump is a coward intellectually impaired and impervious to learning and mostly not a good American. Who goes through this much trouble not to release their taxes? — Debbie Dickerson

• The biggest polluters wouldn’t have to participate until 2030. He is smart enough to realize it’s a horrible deal. — Ryan Fenimore

• Sounds like a great idea. Not sure why the withdraw. Not like his over 1 trillion dollar a year budget deficit would be affected. No worries. we’ll rejoin in 2020. — Eddie Curley

• Considering we have not only proven that we can grow the economy to record levels while simultaneously lowering our CO2 levels from the record highs achieved under Obama proves we do not need to join the Paris Climate Deal. Add to the fact that scientists have now said it may be feasible to capture CO2 for $100 to $200 a ton, making it affordable along with the just breaking news out of MIT that they have now invented a way to economically remove CO2 from industrial exhaust affordably further reinforces the fact we do not need to join a International agreement that was more about fleecing America’s wealth and redistributing it to others than actually helping the overall environment. — Shawn Knox

• It’s amazing how much these right wingers hate clean air and water. — Matt Kay

• I hate being ripped off by fake climate change taxes the most. — Mark Schmalhofer

• If the federal government will not confront the monster of climate change, we must do it at a state level. And we can. — Eric Morrison

• This was nothing but a feel-good pact anyway. It did not hold anyone accountable and had no way of being enforced. And more importantly it did nothing to influence the actions of nations that are causing more harm than others. We should leave the UN as well — Aaron Mobley

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