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We pulled out of the Paris Accord, a decision which may be the worst ever by any American president. No one but our Republican party fails to believe in the changing climate.

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The good news is that this pulling out on the part of the United States is not really going to change anything.

Coal is not coming back. We would all like the miners to have jobs, but they aren’t going to be digging a lot of coal. There’s a simple reason: coal isn’t clean and people don’t want to breathe it in or have it hanging in the air. They have been closing coal-burning power generators including two this week and this isn’t going to stop. Coal is dead. The miners really are going to have to find another way to earn a living. This has happened to many people including me and my son…

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    1. Thanks for sending me the information. This is good to know. Here is some information on what New York City and State is doing. New York is NOT going along with #45 Cheeto-heads decision.

      Good morning on this shining Friday.
      Our city and state leaders say that New York, long at the vanguard of environmental issues in the United States, will continue its support of the Paris climate accord.
      In 2015, 195 countries signed onto the agreement aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. But yesterday, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the pact.
      Soon after, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter that he would issue an executive order to maintain the city’s commitment to the Paris agreement. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a tweet that the decision to withdraw was “reckless” and that he would issue an executive order at the state level.
      As the White House dismantles the environmental regulations of the Obama administration, our city and our state are playing leading roles in combating climate change, said Steven A. Cohen, the director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
      “New York City is the most energy-efficient community in the country,” Mr. Cohen said. “We use mass transit more than anybody else, we live in smaller spaces, and we are well on the way to sustainability.”
      New Yorkers consume less than half the energy of the average American.
      And we’re working on reducing our footprint even more.
      In 2015, New York instituted the ambitious OneNYC plan, which will attempt to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, largely through making buildings more efficient.
      (Buildings account for nearly 75 percent of the city’s contribution to climate change.)
      The city is also expanding its recycling program, aiming to eliminate the waste it sends to landfills by 2030.
      This shouldn’t come as a surprise; New York City has long led the way to a sustainable future.
      Recycling was introduced here back in 1895. A municipal waste program was set up under the sanitation commissioner George E. Waring Jr. and separated household garbage into food waste, trash and ash. The program included the sweeping of streets and efforts to divert trash from being dumped into the Atlantic.
      Still, there’s more that can be done in New York, Mr. Cohen said, like creating more permeable surfaces to help cope with flooding.

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