Letter: Trump climate decision ‘against medical advice’ – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

President Donald Trump has chosen to leave the Paris Climate Accord AMA — against medical advice.

AMA is the term used when a person leaves a health care setting despite the recommendations of the providers, putting themselves at risk of worsening their condition.

Not only is Trump’s action against the advice of physicians, but also scientists, economists, faith leaders, leaders of some oil companies and multiple other businesses, both in the U.S. and internationally. Clean energy is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, far outnumbering the people employed in the fossil fuel industry.

Medical organizations representing more than 400,000 physicians, more than half of all U.S. physicians, came together this year to form the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health. The main message is that climate is already negatively affecting our health, right here in the U.S. and in Montana, and action needs to be taken now.

Our health, and that of our children, job growth and our reputation as a world leader are all endangered by Trump’s decision.

Hopefully our state and congressional leaders — Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines, and Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte — will show even more leadership in supporting actions that will help all Americans and Montanans, rather than putting us at increased risk.

Robert Byron, MD, MPH
Lori Byron, MD, FAAP