Sen Menendez on Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

Sen Menendez on Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

 

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate agreement.

“The President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement will have grave consequences for generations to come.  It signals to the world that in the face of collective challenges, the U.S. will choose a path of isolation rather than engagement, based on a willful denial of fact.  By capitulating to the demands of fringe voices who reject science and promote reliance on the dirty energy sources of the past, the United States is abdicating our leadership and our responsibility to be stewards of the environment.

“Americans from all walks of life understand that the threat posed by climate change is real, and understand the consequences of doing nothing—rising seas, stronger storms, famine and drought, and increased political instability throughout the world.  They also understand the economic opportunity of taking action, embracing innovation, and building the clean energy economy of the future.  It was this consensus that created a global response to climate change, and it is this wisdom that can preserve our planet and protect future generations.

“Turning back the clock on the environmental progress and risking our future for the benefit of polluting corporations is not a solution. The fight against climate change requires real leadership and political courage—the kind demonstrated by 197 nations when they signed the Paris agreement. Today’s news is a setback, but I will never stop fighting for real solutions to address the threat of climate change.” 

 Just yesterday, Senator Menendez led a letter to President Trump urging his Administration to first consider the substantial foreign relations and national security implications of refusing to remain a party to the Paris agreement.

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