Congressman Sires’ Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Accords:
“In 2015, the world celebrated the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France. The Paris Climate Agreement marked the first coordinated international effort to reduce global carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. The United States joined 194 countries in agreeing to lower its carbon emissions and to assist still-developing nations to transition away from burning fossil fuels.
Today, President Trump has announced that the United States of America will cede its leadership role in this historic effort to address one of the most important challenges of our generation by withdrawing our commitments from the Paris Climate Accords. This short-sighted and selfish act not only damages our nation’s credibility abroad, but also endangers the future of our planet for the sake of scoring political points. By withdrawing from these commitments, we are telling the international community that the U.S. government is not serious about addressing climate change.
I am disappointed by President Trump’s decision and hope that this administration and Congress can work together to curb our carbon emissions and protect future generations from the devastating effects of rising global temperatures.”