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RNC Chairwoman's Thoughts On The Paris Agreement

Ronna McDaniel - June 5, 2017

In 2016, President Obama haphazardly rushed the United States into the Paris Climate Accord without Congressional approval.  The bad deal would have drastically reduced production of critical U.S. industries that form the backbone of the American economy.

When fully implemented, the Paris Accord placed the economic burden predominately on the United States. The agreement was projected to cost Americans millions of jobs and trillions in economic output, while setting the unrealistic target carbon emissions reduction by 2025. Meanwhile, countries like China and India would actually see increased emissions until 2030.

Moreover, this deal actually did little to protect our climate. Even if all participants met their responsibilities, the projected impact on global temperatures would barely move the needle over the next century. This agreement was nothing more than an empty promise made by President Obama to satisfy a hysterical liberal activist base.

On Thursday, President Trump took another important step in delivering on his promise to put American jobs first by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

The president understands the U.S. must remain a global leader on environmental issues, but we must lead through a framework that is grounded in global cooperation in which all countries are held equally accountable, not one where the U.S. is held to different standards than the rest of the world.

Signing a bad deal in the eleventh hour of his presidency—a time when his administration would be free from the financial repercussions—is emblematic of the type of careless governance in the name of legacy building that drove many decisions in the Obama era. But now we have a president who has taken a bold step forward to right this wrong and protect American interests. He promised to negotiate a new deal that not only safeguards our environment, but also protects Americans businesses and workers.  

Since 2006, carbon emissions in the U.S. have declined 12.5 percent. There are nearly 3 million jobs in the clean energy economy, 1 million jobs in renewables and 2 million in unconventional oil and gas alone. The United States was a leader in clean energy production long before the Paris Climate Accord and we will continue that leadership without the onerous requirements imposed by the deal.

When President Obama signed the accord he committed an additional $3 billion to the UN Green Climate Fund—a fund which Russia, India, and China have contributed nothing. U.S. taxpayers should not be forced to submit to another far-left attempt to subsidize global green energy.

President Trump recognizes this deal for what it is: bad policy that sacrifices American interests with no real return on investment.

Since his first day in office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to serve the American people. The Paris Accord would undermine the economy, hurt our workers, and prevent us from making independent decisions about the best use of our resources. President Trump will continue to make bold choices in order to put Americans first and deliver on another promise to help make America great again.


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