Rep. Peters: Exiting Paris Climate Agreement ‘Morally Wrong and Monumentally Stupid’
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) slammed President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Rep. Peters – a former environmental lawyer – was selected to attend the Paris negotiations, is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and recently laid out his argument for President Trump to uphold the Paris Agreement. Rep. Peters issued the following statement:
“Exiting the Paris Agreement is bad for the planet and for American standing, leverage, and jobs. It is morally wrong and monumentally stupid.
“This decision cedes energy and job creation to other nations – especially China – which is already winding down coal plants and investing more than any other country in renewable energy. President Trump is sending the jobs and opportunities of the future for our children to other nations and positioning America to get left behind.
“Leaving the Paris Agreement, as with the President’s actions on trade and diplomacy, is a stunning abrogation of America’s decades-long world leadership.
“More than anything, this is a dereliction of our duty to leave our children a healthy and inhabitable earth with clean air and clean water.”