Washington D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a top Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump signaling he will pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement:
“I am deeply disappointed that President Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the most comprehensive global climate agreement in history. This shortsighted decision threatens to unravel the entire agreement, imperiling the planet and further straining relations with our allies.
“Climate change is a global crisis that demands American leadership. What does it say when the President of the United States abdicates that responsibility, brazenly ignoring facts and evidence? Whether the President or his Administration want to admit it, climate change is real, driven by human activity, and cannot be ignored.
“We have a moral obligation to our children and our grandchildren, and to ourselves. This is not a future problem; we are already seeing the effects of our changing climate through excess flooding, stronger storm systems, erratic weather patterns, and extreme drought. We cannot put our heads back in the sand, recklessly consuming fossil fuels while expanding our carbon footprint. We must refocus our energy sector on cheap, renewable sources of fuel before climate change gets even worse.”
Please note this statement was originally published on June 8, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.