GPVA Condemns Trump Decision on Paris Accord
RICHMOND, VA – The Green Party of Virginia leadership strongly condemns the decision made by President Trump, and announced June 1.
Having charted a new course in the global climate effort, this international agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.
GPVA Condemns Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement
Consequences Are Too Grave
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2017
Green Party of Virginia
Tim Cotton, Press Secretary
In addition to the threat climate change poses against life on the planet, it is also a threat to our national, and global security. While it alone will not cause war it will serve as an accelerant of instability increasing existing threats. The manner in which climate change interacts with society will determine many factors including migration, scarcity of resources, and water insecurity.
Trump's decision was opposed by a long list of corporate CEO's from Apple to ExxonMobil. Nick Akins of American Electric power told Fortune magazine that the president's revival of coal is unrealistic.
Since the US cannot technically withdraw from the agreement until November 2019 — we call on members of the Senate to protect its approved climate measures linked to the Paris accord.
GPVA Co-chair B. Sidney Smith said "We must continue the fight against climate change deniers. The election of 2017 here in this commonwealth is now even more important. We must keep up the pressure to lower our carbon output with renewable energy in the legislature and on the streets."