To the editor:
President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accords. In reality, this is more a symbolic gesture than a full policy reversal, but it takes us away from the uniformity that the world is trying to achieve to combat the effects of human activity on climate change. I have difficulty understanding why there is so much opposition among Trump supporters. After all, our economy has already embraced renewable energy and corporate America has signed up to make it all permanent. The goals of the Paris agreement are being implemented. China is now the world leader in installed capacity for wind and solar. The U.S. is losing a competitive edge that should have been a no-brainer. The idea of going back to expanding the use of coal and oil no longer makes sense from an economic perspective. Yes, it is important to find new jobs for that industry, but renewables are more than capable of filling that void. If Trump had really studied the energy market as it stands now and how its future looks, then he would be embracing the Paris Accords and demanding that Americans step up and lead the world in this regard — as we should. But our president chose the backwards path and America will have to deal with that. Fortunately, state and city governments have taken up the banner in a very big way. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us.