Congressman Denny Heck reacts to announcement that United States will abandon Paris Climate Agreement
OLYMPIA, Wash. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after President Trump announced he will remove the United States from the international climate change agreement:
“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change puts politics ahead of the wellbeing of our children and grandchildren. Climate change is not only settled fact, it is a complex problem that requires global coordination and cooperation to combat. That’s why action to address climate change is broadly supported by the American people and U.S. companies—even ExxonMobil and others in the oil and gas industry.
“In the Pacific Northwest, we are seeing the impacts of climate change on a daily basis. Our salmon are dying due to higher water temperatures, our shellfish farmers are struggling to adapt to ocean acidification, and our increasingly dry, hot summers are causing massive forest fires. While all of us in Washington state are working to combat these threats, we need strong leadership from the federal government if we are to be successful. Instead, President Trump has chosen to ignore one of the greatest threats facing us today—and to again withdraw the United States from its decades-long role of leadership on the world stage.”
The 2015 Paris Agreement is the latest step developed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to strengthen the global response to climate change by accelerating and intensifying the activities and investments needed for a sustainable, low carbon future. A total of 147 countries have submitted their plans to cooperate with the agreement, including the United States on September 3, 2016, and the agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016. Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found on the UNFCCC’s website.