Bonamici Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
For the past four years, the Trump Administration has demonstrated a consistent and coordinated attack on climate science that increases risk to our planet and most vulnerable communities. The climate crisis is an existential threat and a national emergency, yet today, because of Donald Trump’s actions, the United States officially exited from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. This decision is reprehensible, and demonstrates a gross failure of leadership that will continue to harm our country and the planet.
Although the withdrawal is now official, there is still hope. Earlier this year, I joined several of my colleagues on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in releasing a bold, comprehensive, science-based Climate Action Plan to set our nation on a path to reach net-zero emissions no later than mid-century and net-negative thereafter.
And even though the Trump administration announced its intent to withdraw from this historic agreement, leaders in Oregon and across our country have continued to take ambitious steps to address the climate crisis. I joined Speaker Pelosi at the COP25 in Madrid to demonstrate to the world that the United States should not give up its seat at the table when this issue affects the entire world. Additionally the House passed the Climate Action Now Act, which would keep the U.S in the Paris Agreement and develop a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
As a Member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, I will continue fighting for comprehensive policies to reduce emissions, accelerate our transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy, create good-paying jobs, support frontline communities, and build more resilient communities.