Griffith Statement on US Withdrawal from Paris Accord

President Trump today announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord regulating carbon emissions. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement:

“The Paris Climate Accord is a bad deal for Americans, as I’ve been saying since the deal was announced.  The United States can be the world leader in energy innovation; this symbolic, expensive, and poorly negotiated deal doesn’t change that.  The United States is ALREADY a clean energy and fossil fuel energy leader; we can reduce our emissions and continue to produce American energy without the Paris Accord.  America has already reduced its carbon-dioxide emissions dramatically, beginning before the Accord.”

“I believe that the United States should and can have an energy policy that both improves the environment and protects jobs. The President has made the right choice.”

“President Obama committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which is about 30 percent of the initial funding, without authorization from Congress. With $20 trillion in debt, the U.S. taxpayers should not be paying billions or trillions to subsidize other countries’ energy needs to the detriment of our jobs.”

“United States taxpayers should not be responsible for contributing to a slush fund for the UN’s use.”

“Our country is in a better position today thanks to the President’s actions. I look forward to working with his Administration and my colleagues in Congress to craft and implement an energy policy that allows for the responsible use of our natural resources, improves our environment, and creates jobs.”


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