Letter: Eden Prairie City Council’s statement was unnecessary

To the editor,

So Eden Prairie Mayor Tyra-Lukens and the city council have announced support for the Paris Accord, a UN-driven world plan with most countries signing on. But what is the purpose of a lesser government entity expressing support for a plan that the United States has rejected?

This seems out of order.

It appears to be a political statement in opposition to President Trump, which has become a popular protest throughout this country. I applaud plans for energy and operating efficiencies that provide payback, but to make a political statement is unnecessary to the city’s mission. There is too much politics in our everyday lives.

I was pleased to see Brad Aho define some of the Paris Accord provisions that further illustrated the national obligation, such as the annual $100 billion outlay required of the U.S. to lesser countries, a transparent income redistribution engineered by the UN. That should be enough to reject the plan, which was not even supported by Obama’s Congress. The projected questionable benefit to climate change after trillions of dollars of investment over many years is still the overwhelming reason for rejection.

To understand such cavalier support for outrageous expenditures is mind-boggling! Does anyone understand economics and comprehend the dire situation of finances in this country? With $20 billion in federal debt, unfunded Social Security and Medicare future payouts exceeding billions and perhaps trillions, cities and states bankrupt or nearly so, without counting state and local unfunded pensions over $3 trillion, this country needs some judicious cost cutting and better financial decisions.

Intellectual brainpower should dictate better economic decisions. All the nice-to-have government programs and endless spending cannot be continued or even expanded by the carefree left. Where is the common sense to reject unjustifiable expenditures or commitments? We need to deal in reality: too often political actions have dire economic consequences. And yet these days political decisions are made as a matter of principle without regard to the costs.

Roger Shipp
Eden Prairie