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What They Are Saying About The Decision To Withdraw From The Paris Accord

- June 1, 2017

President Trump Put American Jobs First, And Lawmakers And Pundits Alike Are Applauding His Decision

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Effusive praise came from a myriad of lawmakers and others who thanked President Trump for putting America-first.
  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers and policy experts said that President Trump did the right thing by pulling out of a dishonest and unfair deal.
  • Others pointed out that the U.S. does not need the Paris Agreement to lower emissions or continue to be a leader in clean energy.
  • Congressmen and business leaders noted that withdrawing from the Paris Accord will keep energy prices low, protect middle and low-income families, and bolster America's economic competitiveness.

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Lawmakers And Others Thanked President Trump For Putting America's Interests First

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Thanked President Trump For Keeping His Promises On The Paris Agreement And Protecting Jobs From A "Bad Deal ." "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for keeping your promise on Paris Agreement & protecting KY jobs from a bad deal. @FriendsofCoalKY" (Sen. Rand Paul, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) Said The Paris Deal Is Not Fair And Encouraged President Trump To Withdraw From The Agreement. "#ParisClimateAccord was not a fair deal, which is why I signed a letter encouraging the @realDonaldTrump to take this action. #ALSEN" (Sen. Luther Strange, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Heritage Action's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Needham, Said That President Trump Is "Truly Committed" To Putting America's Economy First. "'By not succumbing to pressure from special interests and cosmopolitan elites, the president demonstrated he is truly committed to putting America's economy first,' Michael Needham, the chief executive officer of Heritage Action, said in a statement." (Jennifer A. Dlouhy, "Trump To Withdraw U.S. From Climate Accord To Seek Better Deal," Bloomberg , 06/01/17)

Sen. Ted Cruz Commended The President On "Putting American Jobs First." "I commend @POTUS for putting American jobs first. This is great news for the TX economy & for hardworking Americans." (Sen. Ted Cruz, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): President Trump "Did The Right Thing" For American Workers By Withdrawing From The Paris Treaty . "President Trump Did The Right Thing By Withdrawing Us From Paris Treaty - It Would Hurt American Companies And American Workers." (Jim Jordan, Twitter Feed , 6/1/17)

Many Pointed To The Unfair, "Empty And Dishonest" Agreement When Thanking President Trump On His Decisive Action To Withdraw From The Paris Accord

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) Applauded Trump's Decision To Withdraw From The Paris Agreement Because It "Demanded Too Much From Our Country While Letting Others, Such As China And India, Off The Hook For Years." "'I applaud President Trump for making the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The choice by the former Administration to join the agreement without any input from Congress was disingenuous and irresponsible. The Constitution requires the Senate to advise and consent to any treaty made by the president. The Paris agreement demanded too much from our country while letting others, such as China and India, off the hook for years. It was a bad deal for America. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to continue positive policy reforms that support American energy and our economy.'" (Press Release, "Enzi Statement On U.S. Withdrawing From Paris Agreement," Senator Mike Enzi , 06/01/17)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Said That He Did "Not Believe The Paris Agreement Ensures A Balance Between Our Environment And The Economy." "While I believe that the United States and the world should continue to pursue a cleaner energy future, I do not believe that the Paris Agreement ensures a balance between our environment and the economy. To find that balance, we should seek agreements that prioritize the protection of the American consumer as well as energy-producing states like West Virginia, while also incentivizing the development of advanced fossil energy technologies." (Press Release, "Manchin Statement On President's Decision To Leave The Paris Climate Agreement," Sen. Joe Manchin , 06/01/17)

The CATO Institute Said The Paris Climate Accord Is Based On "Empty And Dishonest Premises" And The U.S. Should Pull Out. "The Paris Climate Accord is a futile gesture based on empty and dishonest premises. The U.S. should pull out." (CATO Institute, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross Said That The Paris Accord Was A "Transfer Of Wealth From The United States To Other Countries." SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS: "The debate over the Paris accord is an economic debate. The president made clear we're far ahead of other countries in terms of co2 reduction. How can it be an effective deal if it lets China and India, two of the major polluters, keep increasing their pollution for another decade or two? That doesn't sound to me like a climate accord. It simply sounds like a transfer of wealth from the united states to other countries." (Fox News', "Your World With Neil Cavuto," 06/01/17)

Some Noted That America Does Not Need The Paris Agreement To Continue To Lower Emissions And Be A Leader In Energy Technology

Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Said He Fully Supports The President's Decision On The Paris Accord And That "The U.S. Will Continue To Be A Leader In Energy Technology, Development, And Delivery." "I fully support @POTUS' decision on the #ParisAccord. The U.S. will continue to be a leader in energy technology, development & delivery." (Secretary Perry, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Fox News' Neil Cavuto Pointed Out That Carbon Emissions Have Gone Done Since The Paris Deal Was Transacted And That Has "Very Little To Do With The Deal." First NEIL CAVUTO: "Carbon emissions and our overall levels have gone down about 15% since this deal was first transacted. Having very little to do with the deal and more to the fact that we have veered into cheaper, cleaner natural gas. That's what got the emissions down. Having nothing to do with an accord with the rest of the world." (Fox News', "Your World With Neil Cavuto," 06/01/17)

The Washington Examiner's Tom Rogan Said "The Better, Proven Alternative To Reducing Emissions" Is "Private Sector Innovation." "Because even assuming that reducing carbon emissions is positive, Trump's decision isn't a big deal. After all, we already have a better, proven alternative to reducing emissions: private sector innovation." (Tom Rogan, "Forget Paris: Fracking Is The Key To Reducing Carbon Emissions," Washington Examiner , 06/01/17)

Congressmen And Business Leaders Praised President Trump's Decision That Will Keep Energy Prices Low, Protect The Middle Class, And Promote American's Economic Competitiveness

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) Commended President Trump For Withdrawing From This Bad Deal That Would Have Driven Up The Costs Of Energy, Especially For Middle And Low-Income Americans. "The Paris climate agreement was simply a raw deal for America. Signed by President Obama without Senate ratification, it would have driven up the cost of energy, hitting middle-class and low-income Americans the hardest. In order to unleash the power of the American economy, our government must encourage production of American energy. I commend President Trump for fulfilling his commitment to the American people and withdrawing from this bad deal." (Press Release, "Speaker Ryan On Paris Climate Agreement," Speaker Paul Ryan , 06/01/17)

Home Depot Co-Founded Bernie Marcus Said Exiting The Agreement Would Keep Electricity Costs Reasonable For All Businesses. "But Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus was on the other side. He said exiting the agreement would keep electricity costs 'reasonable for all businesses.'" (Tamar Hallerman, "Mixed Reviews From Georgia For Trump's Climate Plan Exit," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 06/01/17)

Senate Leader McConnell (R-KY) Said That President Trump Is Committed To Protecting The Middle Class And Dealt "Another Significant Blow" To President Obama's War On Coal. "POTUS is committed to protecting middle class families by dealing another significant blow to #Obama's #waroncoal. #ParisAgreement." (Sen. Mitch McConnell, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) Said By Exiting The Paris Agreement, "It Would Be Clear That We Will Not Sacrifice Our Jobs, Affordable Electricity, And Economic Competitiveness." "As Congress continues to work with President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to roll back those rules and regulations through a combination of legislative and administrative actions, the United States should consider exiting the Paris Agreement as well. By doing so, it would be made clear that we will not sacrifice our jobs, affordable electricity, and economic competitiveness." (Congressman John Shimkus, Op-Ep, "Say Adieu To The Paris Agreement," The Southern Illinoisan , 05/31/17)

Commerce Sectary Wilbur Ross Said The Debate About The Paris Agreement Is Not Over Science, But Economics. SECRETARY ROSS: "The debate over the Paris accord is an economic debate. The president made clear we're far ahead of other countries in terms of co2 reduction. How can it be an effective deal if it lets China and India, two of the major polluters, keep increasing their pollution for another decade or two? That doesn't sound to me like a climate accord. It simply sounds like a transfer of wealth from the united states to other countries." (Fox News', "Your World With Neil Cavuto," 06/01/17)

Pundits Commented That President Trump's Voters Support Withdrawing From The Agreement

The New York Times' Bret Stephen Said The Likelihood Of President Trump's Re-Election Grows, Especially By Backing Out Of The Paris [Agreement]. "Bloomberg is right. Likelihood of Trump re-election grows. Esp. by backing out of Paris [Agreement]. Advice to Dems: recover your blue collar base!" (Bret Stephens, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)

In Reference To The Paris Accords, The New York Time's Nate Cohn Said That This Kind Of Issue "Won Trump So Many Obama Voters." "This is the kind of issue/message [re: Paris Accords] that won Trump so many Obama voters. It pits traditional Dem. industrial base against progressive left." (Nate Cohn, Twitter Feed , 06/01/17)


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