Last week, when the Trump administration began its formal withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the president sent a clear signal to the rest of the world:
The United States government once again will surrender its standing as a global leader, leaving state and local citizens and leaders to take up the mantle of climate action in this country.
Our environment is endangered. Our land, our air and water are imperiled by the effects of climate change. We do not have the luxury of inaction.