Action Memo

Valentina Balatsenko

Continuing from the last post, the chosen policy solution for the purposes of this post will be rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. Because of the notification of intention to withdraw from the Agreement, this topic is already a controversial one in the country among policy makers. In order to successfully rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, it is necessary to highlight the benefits of the Agreement and the reasons that the United States should take part. It is also important to discuss the objections to the Agreement and the pros and cons, in order to show that this solution will prioritize the future of the country’s forests and environment. Even further than that, it’s important to collaborate with the different lawmakers in the country to ensure that the US is successful in meeting the terms, to give the nation the best possible chance of getting the most out of the agreement. 

First Steps

In order to expect that Congress would even consider this proposition, listing out the benefits and reasons that the US needs the Agreement are crucial. Because of the opposition to the Agreement from the President and the White House, it will take time to show policymakers that the United States would benefit from rejoining, and continuing with the withdrawal would hurt the nation’s forests and environment in the future. 

As important as it is to gain favor for this possible solution among Congress, it is also crucial to gain the public favor as well. With the coming election, tensions are high and many topics become the center of controversial debate. One of the biggest issues that the public has with this particular policy solution is the fear that it will hurt American businesses and workers, and it will put an unfair burden on the American economy. It’s important to show the nation the other side of this argument, the possibility that rejoining the Agreement would help create new jobs, rather than destroy them (Sullivan, 2017). 

Approaching the Topic

One of the ways to go about approaching the topic is to introduce the goals of the United States regarding climate change and evaluating whether or not the country is on track to reach those goals. According to the press release from the Trump administration on withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the country’s U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005-2017 (Pompeo, 2019). The US also set a goal of reducing emissions by about 25% by 2025. According to a story by NPR (National Public Radio), the country is not on track to reach that goal (Hersher, 2029). In order to get policymakers to see the necessity of federal regulation in collaboration with the Paris Climate Agreement, introducing these statistics could be a good way to jumpstart that discussion. 

It might also be a good idea to remind policymakers that the United States would most definitely benefit from rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. With the clean energy business growing more than ever, the United States could get a stake in the industry early on and also create jobs for Americans. 

Hersher, R. (2019, November 04). U.S. Formally Begins To Leave The Paris Climate Agreement. 

Pompeo, M. (2020, September 25). On the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – United States Department of State. 

Sullivan, J. (2017, August 07). 7 Reasons the United States Needs the Paris Climate Agreement.

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