Gerry Connolly on Trump’s Decision to Pull out of Paris Climate Agreement

Donald Trump announced this afternoon that he’s pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This decision has already received a significant amount of criticism, including from Rep. Gerry Connolly and the other co-chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (Rep. Doris Matsui and Rep. Paul Tonko).

Here is the statement they released.

“We condemn President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Climate change is a pressing global problem that is putting lives at risk now and taking the planet as we know it away from our children and grandchildren.

“In a moment in history when the American people and the entire world need a bold leader to help us find a solution, Trump has proven that he doesn’t have what it takes to face this challenge.

“It’s up to the rest of us, working together, to lead the fight to protect our families and our planet. Action on climate change doesn’t just happen at the national level—cities of all sizes, states, and companies across the country are already leading the way on reducing greenhouse gas pollution. We urge mayors, governors, and CEOs to reaffirm their commitment to being part of achieving and surpassing the U.S. climate pledge. And as members of SEEC, we will continue to fight for funding and policies that protect our communities from climate change. Together, we can let the world know that America is still with them in building a cleaner economy and a safer planet for all.”

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