To the editor:

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and some of his Republican colleagues have criticized President Joe Biden for signing an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement.

Notably, all national commitments in the Paris accord are voluntary, with individual nations determining the ambition and design of their own climate plans.

The best response that I've seen to Sen. Cruz's position can be found in the 2019 report, “A Climate Security Plan for America: A Presidential Plan for Combating the Security Risks of Climate Change,” which is endorsed by more than 20 admirals and generals:

“The U.S. is contending with an international environment colored by the announcement of the intent of the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a loss of American prestige and international leadership as a result, a lack of trust between the U.S. and its partners and allies, and significant moves by other nations, such as China, to fill that global leadership vacuum. China, for example, is positioning itself as a regional and global leader in investments in climate resilience and clean energy transitions. This challenge to U.S. leadership on climate change, particularly from near-peer competitors, can have significant implications for U.S. national security well beyond this issue.”

The pandemic has taught us the importance of hedging against catastrophic risk. Certainly, this is consistent with conservative values. President Biden should be congratulated for embracing U.S. leadership on this crucial issue.

Reference: A Climate Security Plan for America

— Terry Hansen

Hales Corner, Wis.

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Adam Umbreit

Republican supporters are so far out of touch with today’s technologies we have seen this first-hand of how easy it was for the Republican Party and Trump to bamboozle their base. Ignorance with technology allowed for our “older retired boomers and inexperienced technical rural internet users” fell into “Just because it’s on the internet means it is true” scenarios.

It is no different with the change in technologies for climate change and with electric automobiles. We just saw Wisconsin close a huge coal powered power plant in this state because our new solar and wind technologies have taken over filling the need. Every major automobile manufacturer in the world stated years ago going against the conservative lie about fossil fuels like oil and coal to which Trump sold to his base. These manufacturers said that they will be electric/hybrid by 2035. Most are already well on their way yet we hear Republicans complain that Biden shut down the oil pipeline. Newsflash! These oil and gas companies are lining the pockets of the already wealthy selling it to other countries. This oil wouldn’t even be used in our own country!

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