Rep. Pascrell Responds to U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord
PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement after President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the landmark, 195-signatory Paris Climate Accord that would significantly slow the progress of global warming:
"After several decades of failing to achieve a globally binding treaty, the international community finally came together in Paris to establish a voluntary way for participants to reduce carbon emission reductions. The agreement allowed each participating country the ability to determine their own the policies and emission reductions techniques. Through a combination of peer pressure and reputational risks, this agreement was a giant first step to getting every nation to take ownership over their carbon emissions in a non-legally binding way,” Rep. Pascrell said.
“President Trump’s reflexive opposition to this simple idea, science, and pretty much anything President Obama put his hands on takes another page out of the Republican Party’s extreme-right wing playbook. This decision further confirms that no one inside of this administration can moderate the propaganda pushed by anti-climate hard liners like Administrator Scott Pruitt, who have sowed seeds of suspicion of international agreements.
“While President Trump may not have a problem risking his reputation by pulling out of agreements, this is an abdication of American leadership and calls into question our nation’s credibility. As the world’s largest economy and second-largest carbon polluter, this pullout leaves the United States standing with Syria and Nicaragua on the sidelines of historic progress. Our nation will be contributing to extreme heat waves, damaging storms, coastal flooding, and severe droughts that create risks to food security because of this reckless decision. Further, this move cedes the strategic influence we achieved in Paris to other rising powers around the world.”