Buffalo Area Congressman Calls Trump’s Climate Decision a “Sad Chapter” in American History

From the Office of Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted June 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

A Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

“For decades, the United States set the world’s public policy standard on critical environmental issues. Unfortunately, that tradition ends today. 

“Today’s (June 1st) decision to back away from the Paris Climate Accord — a pledge joined by more than 190 countries to reduce emissions toward the goal of cleaner air and a healthy planet — does not demonstrate the leadership that is characteristic of America, nor does it protect the health and safety of people today, or those for generations to come.

“This is a sad chapter in the history of American public policy, and one that thoughtful public officials must commit to reverse.”

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2 responses to “Buffalo Area Congressman Calls Trump’s Climate Decision a “Sad Chapter” in American History

  1. Let me remind everyone that we, not our government, are largely responsible for the health of the planet on which we live. The decisions we make every single day make a difference. Reward, with your loyalty, companies that are environmentally conscientious. Punish (and hopefully put out of business) those who are not by refusing to support them with your money. Consume less; grow more of your own food; support community gardens; buy smaller cars; reduce or eliminate airline and cruise ship travel; reduce, recycle, reuse, buy second-hand; utilize re-useable grocery bags; eliminate bottled water and sugary bottled beverages; get back to coffee filters instead of coffee pods; shop bulk food stores; eliminate toxic household cleaners; eliminate household pesticides and herbicides; down-size your living space; shop local; support local farmers; insulate your home; install solar panels; use rain barrels; car pool; take transit; walk/ride your bike where and if possible; be a steward of your local environment; move your money from banks to credit unions; investigate natural cures and reduce pharmaceutical dependency(stop making pharmaceutical/chemical companies rich and powerful and you increasingly unwell); get rid of your lawn (and lawn mower!) and replace it with manageable ground cover and insect/bird/bat-friendly flowering plants and trees; live where you work and play; never stop telling your local government that protecting your city’s green spaces is a top priority; vote responsibly on election day, etc. etc.

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  2. Linda McKellar

    Carla, as usual correct BUT we must make industry, you know those who give us jobs enabling us to pay our bills, must stop thumbing their noses at the planet too. Alternative energies are there. The will is not. We are all to blame.

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