Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

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

June 1, 2017
Press Release

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, today released the following statement after President Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement represents a backslide on U.S. and global climate goals, a neglect for U.S. interests both domestic and abroad, and a neglect of leadership by the Trump Administration. For all of its shortcomings, the Trump Administration ought to have little difficulty grasping the severe economic impact of retreating from the Paris Climate Agreement.”

“By joining our allies in the agreement, the United States stood to save $5.3 trillion from subsidizing the negative effects associated with paying the healthcare costs from exposure to pollution. Instead of committing 6.5% of our GDP to subsidizing fossil fuel industries and cleaning up their pollutants, that portion of wealth amassed by American taxpayers could be used to fix aging infrastructure, a supposed goal of the Trump Administration. But rather than promote American competitiveness, the Trump Administration has placed the United States in a league with Syria and Nicaragua.”

“The President’s decision to retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement could prove to be a calamitous decision to humanity. Without action, the continued effects of climate change will lead to increased instances of natural disasters, severe drought and famine across the globe that could result in humanitarian crises and war. Withdrawal from the agreement means turning our backs on protecting against the loss of coastal cities, beaches and habitats, as well as on goals for waste reduction and resource recovery.

“I supported President Obama’s decision to join more than 160 countries in signing the Paris Climate Agreement, and I’m disappointed in President Trump’s decision to follow Syria and Nicaragua. The time for action on climate change is now.”