Trump Dumps Paris Climate Scheme
Put Jobs, Freedom, America First
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas released this statement on today's move by President Trump to remove our nation from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
"President Trump's executive decision to exit the Paris Accord is in the best interests of West Virginians and every American. The negatives of that Obama-era deal are clear, to those who value the jobs and freedoms we hold dear. The costs are more than $3 Trillion with at least 3.1 million manufacturing jobs at risk. America should not have constraints attached to its industrial economy by those who stand to gain from it elsewhere.
West Virginians can't bear any more of these bad deals. This nation needs to build things again. That means we must unleash our economy with every bit of homegrown energy we can produce to power this nation. Coal and natural gas produced here will keep America free, if we let them flourish. This President is truly committed to job growth, economic growth and making America First again on the world stage."
NOTES ON LEAVING THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD
The Paris Accord is a bad deal for Americans, and the President's
action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers
first. The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration
and signed out of desperation.
It frontloads costs on the American
people to the detriment of our economy and job growth while extracting
meaningless commitments from the world's top global emitters, like
The U.S. is already leading the world in energy production and
doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers.
Undermines U.S. Competitiveness and Jobs
According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama
Administration's requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the U.S.
economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades.
By 2040, our economy would lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs -
including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
It would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies
about one-third of our electric power.
The deal was negotiated BADLY, and extracts meaningless commitments
from the world's top polluters.
The Obama-negotiated Accord imposes unrealistic targets on the U.S.
for reducing our carbon emissions, while giving countries like China a
free pass for years to come.
Under the Accord, China will actually increase emissions until 2030.
The U.S. is ALREADY a Clean Energy and Oil & Gas 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
Since 2006, CO2 emissions have declined by 12 percent, and are
expected to continue to decline.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. is
the leader in oil & gas production.
The agreement funds a UN Climate Slush Fund underwritten by American taxpayers.
President Obama committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund - which
is about 30 percent of the initial funding - without authorization
With $20 trillion in debt, the U.S. taxpayers should not be paying to
subsidize other countries' energy needs.
The deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate.
According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their
obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The
impacts have been estimated to be likely to reduce global temperature
rise by less than .2 degrees Celsius in 2100.
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