There’s a lot of commentary going on about President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement. I’m not a big fan of this decision, but you know what? This may be an opportunity for us as citizens. As Bill Nye used to say, please consider the following.
Over the past two or three decades, the folks we send to Washington, D.C. have had a really poor performance record. Each administration and concurrent Congress in that period have had their failures, many of which were spectacular. In fact, the last recession can be laid on their collective doorstep for accommodating mortgages that never should have been written. The current administration and Congress are not shaping up any better. Why in the world would we trust them with our daily lives?
Here’s the thing: we don’t need anyone in Washington, D.C. to tell us how to live our lives on a day to day basis. We do not need politicians to limit our choices or tell us how and what to think. We Americans are by and large intelligent people who are fully capable of making decisions for our own actions, all kidding aside. The big factor here, in my view, is that we need to collectively decide to do so. We need to stop letting the government take over our daily lives, in this case, with respect to climate change. It is all about personal responsibility, as are so many things in life.
We can decide to drive fuel efficient (or electric) vehicles. We can decide to ride bikes or walk instead of driving short distances. We can decide to insulate our homes. We can choose to go meatless one day per week (meat production being a big methane producer and water user). And so on. My point is, we don’t need Washington, D.C. or the Paris climate agreement in order to make our own decisions and control our own actions.
In fact, we never did. #MakeAmericaOursAgain