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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Supports President Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

June 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today appeared on the House floor to support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Congressman Mo Brooks said, “[T]he Paris Climate Accord is not now and never has been an agreement that binds the United States . . . because it was never ratified by Congress.  More specifically, the Paris Climate Accord, a treaty, was never ratified by the Senate pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution.  Rather, in yet another example of disdain for America’s Constitutional republic, the Obama Administration refused to seek Senate approval of the treaty. ”

Brooks added, “Lest there be any doubt, the Paris Climate Accord intentionally hurt America to the benefit of competitor nations. In a global redistribution of the wealth scheme, the Paris Climate Accord called for America to give away tens of billions of dollars to other countries.[1]  That’s tens of billions of additional taxpayer dollars on top of America’s existing foreign aid giveaways.[2]  That’s money America does not have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back… The Paris Climate Accord undermined America’s economy by putting American employers at a competitive disadvantage.  By way of but one example, a comprehensive new study prepared by NERA Economic Consulting estimates that the Paris Climate Accord could cost the American economy $3 trillion in gross domestic product and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs over the next two decades.” [3]

For video of Congressman Brooks’ speech click here or picture above.

Brooks stated, “President Trump is right, America must lead by putting America’s national interest first.  The Paris Climate Accord did not do that.  By way of example, under the Paris Climate Accord, China and India, two of the biggest polluters on Earth, have no new air pollution control obligations until 2030, at the earliest!  Contrast the abysmal environmental record of China and India with that of America!  And let’s be clear, without a Paris Climate Accord, America’s carbon dioxide emissions have been and are being reduced!  For example, between the years 2000 and 2014, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by more than 18 percent![4]  Further, over the past 50 years, America has been the world’s environmental leader.  No country on earth has done more to reduce pollution by cleaning our air, cleaning our water and properly disposing of hazardous waste.  That 50-year record is compelling evidence that America’s focus on being good environmental stewards will continue, with or without the Paris Climate Accord.   That’s world leadership.  And I know of nothing that says we are going to stop being the world’s environmental leader.”

Brooks concluded, “I am proud that President Trump puts America First.  America should not and must not yield even a smidgeon of our national sovereignty to the dictates of other, lesser nations. Despite liberal, climate-scare and socialist Democrat hysteria to the contrary, America has been, and is, by almost every standard, the greatest nation in world history.  With an ‘America First’ attitude, America will continue its 75 year streak as the greatest nation in the history of the world, second to none.”

 

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[1] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/01/statement-president-trump-paris-climate-accord

“The Green Fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars of which the United States has already handed over $1 billion -- nobody else is even close; most of them haven’t even paid anything -- including funds raided out of America’s budget for the war against terrorism.  That’s where they came.  Believe me, they didn’t come from me.  They came just before I came into office.  Not good.  And not good the way they took the money.”  

[2] Industrialized countries have voluntarily pledged $10.3 billion since 2013 to help poorer nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/02/climate/trump-paris-green-climate-fund.html?_r=0

[3] https://www.energyxxi.org/new-report-examines-costs-us-industrial-sector-obama%E2%80%99s-paris-pledge