Rep. Deutch Slams Trump's Reported Decision to Leave Paris Agreement
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and Representative of portions of South Florida already experiencing the damaging effects of climate change, issued this statement responding to reports that President Trump intends to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:
"President Trump's unfortunate decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement all but guarantees we cede our leadership on this issue so vital to our future to China, Russia, and Europe. Sadly, it's just the latest move in a string of actions by this President that have damaged our international relationships and weakened our global standing.
"This decision has the potential to irreparably harm our earth, dramatically hinder our economic growth, and fundamentally change our way of life.
"South Florida is already struggling with the effects of climate change, like worsening weather patterns and rising sea levels. As sunny-day flooding becomes more common, the President responds by sticking his head in the sand in denial of the science and the reality in our own community. Will Mar-a-Lago Country Club need to be underwater for this President to make a responsible decision about climate change?
"If President Trump won't listen to the scientists, then he should listen to the business leaders who strongly support the Paris Agreement. They understand that it will promote investments and create jobs. By removing the US from the Paris Agreement, this President is putting our country at a competitive disadvantage in the world.
"Most importantly, today's decision puts our national security at risk. Even as our military leaders devise strategies to combat the effects of climate change, in our own country and globally, the President's dangerous decision will make their job more difficult and our nation less secure."