June 1, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change:

“Donald Trump and his children said just a few years ago that climate change was ‘irrefutable’ and its consequences ‘catastrophic and irreversible.’  They were right.  There is no denying the growing threat of rising seas, warming global temperatures, and melting glaciers and ice sheets. 

“But we can still avoid the worst if we quickly reduce carbon emissions.  That is why ignoring reality and leaving the Paris Agreement could go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our nation’s history, isolating the U.S. further after Trump’s shockingly bad European trip.  

“Trump is betraying the country, in the service of Breitbart fake news, the shameless fossil fuel industry, and the Koch brothers’ climate denial operation.  It’s sad.

“America’s biggest corporations and investors urged the President to stick with international efforts to address the climate threat.  They and all of us will now have to proceed with a seriousness of purpose commensurate with the threat, knowing of this President’s grave defects.

“If you haven’t joined an environmental group, join one.  If your voice needs to be heard, get active.  If you are a big corporation with good climate policies that has shied away from engaging politically, it’s time to engage.  And if you’re a university that teaches climate science, it’s time to stand up for your scientists.  Whoever you are, help end climate denial and take action.”


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