Editor:

Americans want affordable energy and a healthy environment. The heavy-handed climate regulations included in the Paris Agreement would overburden working families and seniors with severely increased costs of compliance.

Prior to the global “one size fits all” Paris Agreement, the U.S. used innovative technologies to reduce all types of emissions. The EPA reports that U.S. emissions of air pollutants that impact health and the environment declined by 74% from 1970-2018. U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005-2017, even as our economy grew over 19%.

The Paris Agreement is utterly silent as to any enforcement mechanisms or consequences for countries that fail to meet the required emissions reductions. All we know for sure is that Americans would pay more for energy, food, clothing, and health care, because fossil-fuel energy remains critical for every stage of manufacturing and transporting goods.

Responsibly sourced fossil fuels allow Americans to drive to work, light and heat their homes, power their appliances and breathe clean air – all without breaking the bank. Renewable energy remains an unreliable pricey alternative for limited applications, ill-suited to producing the multi-gigawatts of power to meet today’s society's needs.

Denise Doyle, Edinburg