Congressional Progressive Caucus Condemns Trump’s Plan to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 1, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2017

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and CPC Energy and Environment Taskforce Chair Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) made the following statement after it was reported President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

“President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement makes clear that this Administration will offer no leadership in the fight against one of the greatest threats to humanity – climate change. The Paris Agreement was adopted by almost the entire world – 195 countries – and his proposed withdrawal is another worrying sign that U.S. leadership on the world stage is in decline.”

“Ignoring climate change is foolish and short-sighted. Inaction will limit our country’s long-term prosperity and expose our children and grandchildren to catastrophic consequences because President Trump wants to make good on his promises to Big Oil – not the American people.

“President Obama’s signed the Paris Agreement because he understood the urgent need for the global community to act collectively to combat climate change and spur innovation in clean energy technology. The Paris Agreement is widely popular among Americans and we urge President Trump to reconsider this disastrous decision and listen to the voices of the American people, our global allies, and the planet.”

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, with over 70 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and promote civil liberties. The CPC champions progressive policy solutions like comprehensive immigration reform, a $15 national minimum wage, fair trade, gun violence reform, debt-free college, and making the federal government a Model Employer.

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