ACTT Statement on the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, June 1, 2017
"ACTT was disheartened by the announcement today from President Trump that he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement signed by nearly every country on the planet last year. Regardless of this misguided, irresponsible decision, we will continue undaunted, toward our goal of energy independence for MDI by 2030. We recognize, as do the vast majority of Americans, that the reality and the dangers of climate change cannot be ignored and that it will take the actions of all of us to reduce the factors such as fossil fuel use and over-consumption that are driving these changes.
We are also cognizant that there are many more future jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency (solar today employs twice as many as coal) than in fossil energy (especially here on MDI!) and are working to realize those economic opportunities for MDI. In the process, our communities, health, and quality of life benefit as well as our environment and climate. MDI residents, businesses, and municipalities are already “solarizing”, improving building energy use, reducing waste, looking to electric vehicles, eating more local food and less meat and dairy, etc. We hope that you will join with us to continue our mission made even more urgent by today's unfortunate announcement."
John Craigo and Ken Colburn, ACTT Board Members