The U.S. has a long history of rallying other nations around grand coalitions to solve global challenges. Now, the eyes of the world are on us once again.
In 2015, nearly every nation on the planet recognized that some decisions are bigger than politics. They put aside differences and historical divisions to collectively change course on a pressing global problem by ratifying the historic Paris Agreement combating climate change. The U.S. helped lead that charge.
On Saturday, six of the world’s largest economies reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement at the G-7 summit in Sicily. The U.S. remained conspicuously silent.
As we wait to learn the Trump administration’s official decision about whether to stay party to the deal, an increasingly destabilizing climate effect represents a growing threat to American prosperity and to global security.
This is not rocket science. Staying in the agreement not only builds opportunities to work with other nations to mitigate the growing risks of climate-related impacts to our food and water systems, Paris also helps accelerate one of America’s best current job creators — clean energy.
Our booming clean energy economy now employs more than 3.3 million Americans — more than all jobs in U.S. conventional energy combined. Today, solar accounts for one in 50 new U.S. jobs. The job of wind turbine technician is predicted to be the single fastest-growing occupation in the United States over the next decade, just edging out physical and occupational therapists.
These clean energy jobs don’t pick favorites among red or blue states; you find them distributed across our country — California, Texas, New York, Florida and Michigan are some of the biggest clean energy job creators so far.
And without political fanfare, the companies at the heart of our American economy are moving toward this cleaner future. Nearly half of…