Chicago, IL – In response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, Truman National Security Project Chicago Chapter Political Director Ameshia Cross issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s attack on the on the Paris Climate Agreement is an affront to core American principles of diplomacy, pluralism, and sustainability. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement is an abdication of American leadership; it abandons our once-essential seat at the table, and while we ‘go it alone,’ other countries will win on investments in clean energy, fight together against the common security risks stemming from climate change, and continue to cooperate closely on a range of international issues.”
“Chicago knows the local effects of climate change all too well. The costs of infrastructure maintenance continues to increase due to changes in weather patterns resulting in heavier rainfall, elongated winter snowfall and summer heat waves. These conditions often result in damage to roads and bridges as well as heightened expense in providing safety for low-income and senior citizens, Chicagoland’s most vulnerable populations. Additionally, the harsh effects of flooding and increased tornadic storms have proven both costly and deadly. There were 45 tornadoes reported in 2016 alone resulting in $10 million of property damage—not to mention the damage caused to families who lost their loved ones. The increase in tornadoes and severe weather is a direct result of climate change. Here in the Great Lakes region we cannot afford to play politics with our environment. Standing as a global city, we recognize our role in preserving our environment for future generations.
“For the sake of our local community, as well as the broader national security, economic prosperity, and personal health of Americans, Truman Chicago will continue to fight against climate change and support the spirit and intent of the Paris Climate Agreement”