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Trump defies American people and world by reversing US participation in Paris Agreement

Earlier today, the Trump administration announced its misguided intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This was a ground-breaking accord ratified by 147 countries, including the United States. The Agreement lays out an ambitious but equitable plan to confront rising global temperatures and ensure we are preserving our planet for future generations. It is a rare example of almost all nations coming together for our common good and future. I’ve dedicated much of my career to helping build a sustainable energy future. I served President Clinton at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, participated in the original 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and recently negotiated a 50 MW solar power purchase agreement for the City of Houston. Progress has been slow, but it has been until now, forward progress. It is tragic that the world’s second largest polluter is turning its back on the rest of the world and undoing so much progress so quickly.

Climate change is a global issue that requires a global response. The United States cannot afford to sit on the sideline and abdicate its place as a leader on the world stage. When America disengages from the world, it makes our people less safe, it makes our businesses less competitive, and it threatens the vitality of the only planet we have. I urge the Trump Administration to reconsider its position on the Paris Climate Agreement and to rejoin the nations of the world in their commitment to fight Climate Change. America must invest in a sustainable future for our children.

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