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Pascrell, Colleagues Condemn Trump’s Abandonment of Paris Climate Agreement

House resolution coincides with 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)

Washington, D.C., December 9, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-sponsor of the landmark Green New Deal, Friday offered his support for H.Res.743, a House resolution condemning the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was introduced after the Trump administration initiated the formal withdrawal process to remove the United States from the landmark pact to address global climate change.

“Climate change is the existential threat to everything we hold dear. It puts our health, our economy, and our national security in peril. If we hope to leave our children and grandchildren with a better future, the United States must be a global leader fighting climate change,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Now is not the time for our nation to abdicate its leadership role on the world stage. And we cannot allow Donald Trump’s cowardice and complicity to prevent us from doing our part. Trump’s move again renders America an international pariah and the only country only earth not supporting the Paris Accords. Therefore, I proudly stand with over 150 of my House colleagues to signal our condemnation of Trump’s inability to lead and our willingness to fulfill the commitments we made in the Paris Agreement.”

The resolution’s introduction coincides with the ongoing 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP25. Trump sent no senior members of his administration to attend the conference, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation in support of the agreement – and continued global coordination in combating climate change.

Rep. Pascrell’s efforts to protect our environment and combat climate change stem from his mission to leave a better world for future generations. In every Congress since 2009, Pascrell has introduced clean energy legislation to fight climate change while spurring economic growth. From working with federal officials to clean up Berry’s Creek, to sweeping federal efforts like the Green New Deal, Pascrell continues to work with his colleagues in every level of government to combat environmental crises head-on and preserve our cherished natural resources. Additionally, in March 2019, Rep. Pascrell led a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calling on him to initiate an investigation into the threat of carbon pollution pursuant to his authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

The full resolution condemning Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement can be viewed here.

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