Drake’s Environmental Concerns

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was made in 2017, But the decision may still have had an effect on the 2020 election.

This is a news story I wrote for my journalism class at Drake University my first semester there.  It a piece on how members of the  Drake Environmental Action League felt about Former President Trump officially pulling the US out of the Paris Climate accords. It’s one of the highest graded stories from my journalism class.  I wrote this a couple of days before the election when it was still very unclear who would win.  In the midst of this uncertainty, I saw multiple headlines about the US leaving the accords and I started to wonder what other people and organizations around drake thought about this decision. I remind impartially and simply ask if they supported the decision and whether or not it would affect their decision in the election.

The slogan “For The Planet” is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. image source: https://www.kdll.org/post/so-what-exactly-paris-climate-accord#stream/0

The Story

Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accords in 2017 was finalized on November 3 of 2020.

Many Faculty and students voted for Biden in part due to Trump’s decision.

“Some 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius,” said the article.

Drake’s head of Environmental Science and Sustainability David Courard-Hauri was frustrated with the decision to leave the agreement but point out there is more option.

“ You make a voluntary commitment to what you’re going to do,” said Courard-Hauri “ pulling out was more symbolic, a bunch of cities and states have planned to the targets, they’re a lot of action on the local level.”

He also talked about how becoming climate-friendly may not be as difficult as some students think it is.

“If you look at the economics of green energy, at this point cheaper than most alternatives.”

Cora Holt, an environmental sustainability major, said she would vote for Biden no matter what and hope that Joe Biden will but the country back into the agreement.

“Biden’s climate policy are more forward-thinking than the current administration,” Holt said.

Holts hopes the US will rejoin the agreement.

“Our country has so much industry I think that it’s important to have a global governing body to hold countries accountable,” Holt said.

        It seems very likely that The US will rejoin the agreement in the coming year under Presidential elect Joe Biden. If you want to get involved with environmental protections you can join the Drake Environmental Action League on Facebook.

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A Happy Ending


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  • Sue F. says:

    This is a great story–interesting to read the different perspectives from people you talked with at Drake. So much can change with just one election!

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