Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

June 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement today following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a devastating failure of historic proportions. Future generations will look back on President Trump’s decision as one of the worst policy moves made in the 21st century because of the huge damage to our economy, our environment and our geopolitical standing. Pulling out of the Paris agreement doesn’t put America first, it puts America last in recognizing science, in being a world leader and protecting our own shore line, our economy and our planet. It’s now crystal clear President Trump is comfortable both ceding the moral high ground and the economic upper hand to countries like China, and endangering the future of our planet.

“The idea of searching for a new deal is a fig leaf. If you truly believe in improving the Paris Agreement, you don’t back out -- you work with our allies and partners around the world. This has the same hollow ring as President Trump’s and Congressional Republicans’ false assertion that repealing the Affordable Care Act will improve healthcare. Democrats will do everything we can to undo what President Trump has done and prevent further regression; I seriously hope the President reconsiders this awful decision.”

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