For your listening pleasure… I’ll be interviewed on San Diego’s KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM this Saturday, June 3rd at 11 am PST, by former City Attorney and current “Talk of the Town” host, Mike Aguirre. We’ll discuss our environment, politics and climate action. Tune in via the web here then scroll down and click on the “Listen Live” play button.
By pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord today, Donald Trump has brought a great national shame upon our country. But what that wretched soul has committed goes far beyond national pride or our standing on the world stage. He has done nothing less than to aid and abet genocide. Trump’s staggering actions eclipse even crimes against humanity, for they surely will increase the destruction of nature, of our oceans, forests, clean air, clean water, and arable soil. By guaranteeing our nation’s deep and continued dependence on fossil fuels Mr. Trump has added to the burden on our troops and increased the dangers and challenges they face. This colossal error of judgment will hurt our economy, endanger public health and retard job growth.
There is a path out of this darkness. Today we may mourn and rail against adversity. Tomorrow we will resolve as individuals, citizens, consumers, investors, groups, businesses, organizations, subnational governments, and Congressional leaders, to take steps to meet and exceed the commitments that were made in Paris. With our choices and our voices, we shall pick up the globe that Trump has dropped and raise it high above this travesty. For truly, there is a greatness in America, one that Mr. Trump is blind to. Let us show the world that Americans are made of kinder, wiser, and stronger stuff than Mr. Trump could possibly dream of.
At least Nero “fiddled” while Rome burned… Trump however, is an arsonist to the world.
Here’s the link to Contact the White House
Please Mr. President,
PLEASE do not pull out of the COP21 Paris Agreement. Remember that the vast majority of your supporters want you to stay in the Paris Climate Accord. Republicans have been at the forefront of many environmental safeguards. Please have the courage to trust the economists and the scientists, just as President Reagan did with the Montreal Protocol, which was a stellar achievement for our country and the world. We are counting on your stewardship here. PLEASE stand on the right side of history. And remember, when pollution goes down, economies rise!
Eve Simmons and Family
The electorate isn’t as split on climate as the new administration would have you think. Here’s a conservative doing a must-watch TED talk on a powerful climate solution. While it differs on some points, it echoes much of what Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been advocating for nearly ten years. Whether you embrace or eschew climate regulations, this market-based answer goes farther, faster. Got hope? I do.
I’ll be speaking in Temecula tonight, May 11th, to the Sierra Club on “The Holy Grail of Climate Solutions…Pricing Carbon”. It’s free and open to the public, join us. Doors open at 6pm at the Temecula Library 30600 Pauba Road.
San Diego’s climate change march was different this year. Not surprisingly, marchers were angrier, more fearful, and more frustrated than in years past. But if those marchers only knew that they’re not alone, that a majority of Trump voters want strong action on climate change, too (Yale poll), then maybe we could work together instead of the same old unproductive divide-and-conquer mentality that both parties tout. Everyone reading this should send a quick, respectful email, text or phone call communicating with their members of Congress that we want legislation to price carbon and give the money to households. Experts widely agree it’s the top solution to lower emissions quickly, while protecting jobs, public health, national security and our economy. Let’s stop conquering and start collaborating, for all our sake. Eve Simmons, Cardiff by the Sea, CA
This letter first appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, May 7th, 2017