Logan council member hopes Trump doesn’t back out of climate treaty

FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

President Donald Trump has said he is seriously thinking about withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Treaty. He said Tuesday that staying in would make it impossible to implement his America First Energy Plan and would result in U.S. taxpayers and consumers paying higher taxes and higher energy costs.

Nearly 200 world leaders, including the U.S., agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Many Americans are hoping Trump will realize the long standing and permanent impact that climate change is having on our world. One of them is Logan attorney Herm Olsen, who is also a member of the Logan Municipal Council.

“This isn’t about business, this is about life,” Olsen declares. “This is a debt we have to pre-pay to our children and grandchildren.

“Virtually, the brightest minds in the world have concluded that we really need to act, we need to step forward and make a statement here. The Paris Accord did that.”

European leaders pressed Trump to stay in the Paris Accord during his oversees trip last week. Olsen said it would be sad if we reversed our course in this country and took a step in the wrong direction.

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