Washington D.C.- Congressman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
“ I strongly support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This agreement imposed emissions standards that would have devastated America’s fossil fuel industry with no measurable impact on the climate. The agreement was based on flawed science and its purpose was to kill our coal industry. President Trump was right to pull out of this damaging agreement. While the benefits of today’s decision will continue to be felt in Wyoming in the form of increased energy development, exploration and job creation our work is not finished. We must continue our efforts to roll back disastrous policies such as the Clean Power Plan, and other components of the Obama-era war on fossil fuels that have resulted in more regulation, higher costs, and government control of our energy sector in Wyoming and across America.”
Congressman Cheney cosponsored H.Con.Res 55, a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Additionally, Congressman Cheney sent a letter to the White House with other Congressional leaders urging President Trump to support a complete withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 deal.
The framework of the agreement was negotiated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and signed by President Obama in December of 2015. The Paris Agreement was never submitted to the United States Senate for review and ratification. It would result in increased consumer costs, job loss and less grid reliability. The Paris Agreement also failed to consider the negative economic impacts in coal producing states like Wyoming.
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