DelBene Statement on Trump’s Possible Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after reports that President Trump plans to announce he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord – an international climate change action plan signed by more than 190 countries:
“If President Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Accord, it would endanger our children’s health, their futures and the planet. This reckless decision would also harm the reputation of our country, jeopardizing our role as a global leader on combating climate change,” DelBene said. “In Washington state, we know firsthand the damages of climate change. From longer and worsening fire seasons, increased pests and invasive species, an acidifying ocean to more unpredictable natural disasters, the vast majority of the population recognizes climate change as a growing problem in need of international solutions now. Science should not be a partisan issue.”
The agreement signed under President Obama was a landmark effort to reduce global-warming causing emissions. The United States is one of the world’s largest polluters. Only two countries, Syria and Nicaragua, refused to sign the Paris Climate Accord. If Trump withdraws, the United States would join them.