Republican Lawmakers Applaud Trump for Withdrawing From ‘Reckless’ Paris Climate Agreement

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Republican lawmakers are expressing their support for the president after President Donald Trump announced the United State’s withdrawal from the United Nation’s Paris climate agreement.

The administration announced on Monday that they’ve taken formal steps toward withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, as they filed paperwork for it, as IJR previously reported.

In support, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Trump is “putting American families and workers first” with the move to withdraw from the “unworkable and reckless” accord. He wrote in a statement:

“The unrealistic, liberal policies that make up this agreement hit low-income Americans the hardest by increasing energy costs and killing American jobs. Estimates show that the reduction in manufacturing necessary to comply with Paris Accord mandates would destroy up to 2.7 million jobs in the U.S. by 2025. Those jobs would go to exempt countries like China and India, who emit significantly more carbon than us now, and are allowed to increase their emissions through 2030 under the flawed terms of the agreement.”

America is already reducing carbon emissions through innovative technology coupled with strong environmental standards. The United States will continue to advance smart strategies that promote energy dominance and protect American jobs – especially the energy jobs that are so critical to our economy in Louisiana.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauded Trump for “[following] through on his promise to relieve our nation of the unfair and economically devastating requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement.” Cruz added in a statement:

“I applaud the Trump administration for taking steps today to formally withdraw from this job-killing, wage-reducing, economy-crippling Obama-era deal and look forward to working on solutions that further strengthen America’s energy independence and grow our economy.”

Additionally, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) wrote on Twitter that “the accord holds us back through onerous regulations that hurt American innovation.”

Though backed by some Republicans in the House and Senate, Trump’s announcement hasn’t been met with a warm welcome by a 2020 political rival.

Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed the news as “shameful,” and claimed that the president is “[abandoning] science and our international leadership” in the process.

Biden has vowed that the first thing he would do if elected president during the 2020 presidential election would be to “rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and rally the world to push our progress further and faster.”

The United State’s exit from the agreement is a year-long process.

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WellHungChad
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To the Genitally Confused One: And before man messed with the CO2 ratio, so did Mother Nature. Artic ice core samples reveal that atmospheric CO2 levels have historically been significantly higher than now. The Earth’s bulk temperature DECREASED during the period between the 1930’s until the 1980’s while CO2 levels INCREASED the entire time. Considering those 50 years, that’s about 1/3 the entire time that man has been capable of taking ACCURATE temperature measurements. Why the 50 year cooling spell when (according to your claim) increasing CO2 levels are such a major factor in increasing global temperature? The Earth is… Read more »

General Confusion
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“First of all, CO2 is NOT a pollutant.” Pepper

Strictly speaking, neither is oxygen, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. When blood levels of oxygen exceed the range of the recommended 95-100%, it is called hyperoxemia. Too much oxygen shuts down the autonomous respiratory system located in the medula oblongata and then you die.

Too much water can kill you, too. That isn’t the issue. The important issue is that man has been messing with the CO2 ratio in our atmosphere ever since the industrial revolution started quicker than nature can adapt.

Pepper
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First of all, CO2 is NOT a pollutant. It a necessary component of our atmosphere. CO2 is what plants breathe. Repubs should not be using terms or concepts that in any way support the idea that increased CO2 makes global warming. It is demonstrably false.

James
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Yeah, you do that Biden. We saw how fast (NO) progress was made under the Soetoro/Biden Administration, the number of unemployed rose significantly, number of food stamps recipients increased dependency on the Government for their mere existence, criminal activities increased with Soetoro/AG Holder; HRC’s pay-to-play in the State Dept – Clinton Foundation collusion, HRC/Soetoro paying for the Steel dossier for dirt to keep Trump out of the WH, violation of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice by deleting 33,000+ subpoenaed emails and the tons of the covert crap lying #44 swept under the rug. Just the sort of idiot (Biden)… Read more »

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