Quigley Statement on President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
COLORADO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainably Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement:
"President Trump can't 'cancel' the Paris Agreement, he can only ensure that the rest of the world moves forward without us. The United States has been a vital leader on climate action, but we are not in this fight alone.
“The 194 other nations that have committed to addressing the most all-encompassing and critical global challenge we have ever faced have affirmed their intentions to continue to act to reduce the carbon pollution that is changing our climate. As a result, they will seize the jobs, economic opportunities, and improved public health that come with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
“By abdicating our long-held position of international leadership, President Trump has opened the door to a new era of American foreign policy, one in which the terms of international discussions and negotiations are set by others. Additionally, in making this shortsighted decision, the President predictably caved to the will of ideologues who have prioritized politics over clean water, clean air, and a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. These misguided priorities will not make America great.
“Make no mistake, President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement will cost lives here at home and around the world; it will condemn vulnerable plants and animal species to extinction; it will weaken our economic competitiveness in the global marketplace; and it will risk American national security as climate change multiplies threats and conflicts abroad. Ironically enough, I’m seeing these impacts firsthand as I tour Rocky Mountain National Park at the time of this announcement.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans, as well as our biggest businesses, support America’s participation in the Paris Agreement and understand what it means for our nation’s continued success. It is now on every American to do their part and show the rest of the world that we stand with them in our commitment to winning this fight. The consequences of losing it are far too dire.”