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

June 1, 2017
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is a step in the wrong direction. By withdrawing from the agreement, the President is undermining the interests of countless communities and ecosystems harmed by climate change in the United States. Unfortunately, this latest action by the Trump Administration will only further hurt Virginians and our environment. In Hampton Roads, we have already seen the signs of a changing climate through extreme weather, recurrent flooding, and higher than average temperatures. These impacts are being felt particularly in Norfolk, which has been listed as the second most at risk city behind New Orleans for sea level rise in the United States.

“President Trump’s embarrassing decision places the United States in the company of Syria and Nicaragua, the only two countries not participating in the agreement. Furthermore, it weakens the United States’ role as a global leader, strains our alliances abroad, and discourages investments in clean energy technologies here at home. The American people rely on their elected leaders to provide solutions to the challenges posed by climate change – not to ignore science and deny the threats. We have an obligation to reduce the impacts of climate change. That is why I will continue to fight for stronger environmental protections that will create a cleaner future for generations to come.”

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