Pa., N.J. & Paris
I am writing this in the wake of President Trump's consequential decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. He attributed this decision to his desire to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.
As a native New Jersey resident (a blue state by a generally safe margin), I grew up taking pro-environment attitudes for granted.
When I came to school in Pennsylvania, I was exposed to a new world.
Pennsylvanians have had to fight for each environmental victory. Through its passionate inhabitants, Pennsylvania has made great strides in its journey toward cleaner, renewable energy.
Trump's Paris decision, though, not only sets America back, but also discredits Pennsylvania as an effective, powerful ally in the fight against climate change.
Pennsylvania has proven that it can be a leader in the environmental movement, and in the wake of Trump's Paris decision, Pennsylvanians should have even more cause to unite and prove their strength.