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DeFazio Statement on U.S. Departure from Paris Climate Accord

Nov 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today responded to the news that President Donald Trump formally notified the United Nations that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Following is DeFazio’s statement.

“Just as we’re learning that warming timelines and impacts have been underestimated, this is the exact wrong time to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Critics of the Accord like to claim there will be negative economic impacts of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which are flat-out wrong, but they also fail to take into account the heavy cost of inaction. The cost of disaster assistance, recovery and clean up from flooding, fires and storms, according to the Government Accountability Office has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $350 billion over the past decade. That number will only increase as the planet warms.

“The fact is, transportation is the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. and the cost of inaction is too great. That’s why as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee I am forging ahead with legislation that is both pragmatic and transformative, and will put U.S. transportation on the ambitious path to de-fossilization. Despite the Trump Administration’s short-sighted move to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, I plan to rise to the challenge to move our transportation systems into the 21st century by reducing carbon emissions, promoting transit, increasing resilient infrastructure, and much more.”