Conservative Members of Congress Praise Trump Dump of Paris Deal

(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement — a treaty never ratified by the U.S. Senate, as required by law — response was rapid from conservative members of Congress:

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Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.: “I applaud President Trump for making the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The choice by the former Administration to join the agreement without any input from Congress was disingenuous and irresponsible. The Constitution requires the Senate to advise and consent to any treaty made by the president.

“The Paris agreement demanded too much from our country while letting others, such as China and India, off the hook for years. It was a bad deal for America….”

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.: “There is no way to meet the level of CO2 emissions that President Obama signed up for in the Paris Climate Accord without drastically raising the price of energy on every consumer in the United States and hurting our economy. Pulling out of this agreement was the smart thing to do and I applaud President Trump on his decision.”

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.: “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….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.”

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Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus: “I am thrilled by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. It is high time that we do away with this unconstitutional treaty negotiated by former President Obama. Withdrawing from the agreement shows the American people and the world that he means business, follows through on his promises, and puts America first….Ringing up with a price tag of nearly a trillion dollars a year to reduce the average global temperature by one third of one degree, this bad investment defied commonsense with embarrassing returns….”

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM: “Since day one, the Paris Climate agreement has been unattainable for New Mexico and our nation. This Agreement will force American energy producers to dramatically change their business or shut down, ultimately limiting options for families across New Mexico and the nation, while allowing some of the worst global actors to take action as they see fit….”

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas: “This agreement was poorly negotiated by the Obama Administration and is simply a bad deal for the American people. It punishes hardworking Americans with higher energy costs, fewer jobs and smaller paychecks while providing virtually no meaningful benefit to the environment and doing very little to hold the world’s top polluters, like China, accountable….While this decision will not sit well with out-of-touch liberal politicians and pro-U.N. globalists, President Trump was elected to put American workers first and turn back such bad deals that undermine U.S. competitiveness and jobs.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas: “The reason that over a hundred nations around the world are demanding that we be part of the Accord as with Kyoto and others, and that these agreements don’t work without the U.S. being a party, is because the U.S. is the main country required to send checks to all the others. It is grossly unfair to American citizens and businesses and intentionally makes them far less competitive. In other words, it is the typical leftist agenda of punishing the most innovative and productive.”

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Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.: “This agreement was the capstone of the Obama Administration’s attempt to circumvent the constitutional powers of Congress and the antithesis of job creation and American energy production. By withdrawing from the agreement, President Trump has signaled to foreign powers and bureaucrats that the United States will not be subject to unattainable and unproductive environmental standards that will have a detrimental effect on hard-working Americans and do not come with a guarantee of compliance from other nations….”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.: “The Paris Agreement was just another example of the Obama Administration circumventing Congress to push a politically driven agenda at the expense of American workers and taxpayers. Earlier this year, I reintroduced legislation, the No Tax Dollars for the United Nations’ Climate Agenda Act, that would prevent any taxpayer dollars from being used to the fund the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change, Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, or any of the Climate Investment Funds. These slush funds have cost American taxpayers over $1 billion under the Obama administration….”