Withdrawal from the Climate Accord Would Inflict ‘Lasting Damage,’ Crist Says
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist says withdrawing the U.S. from the climate accord would “surrender America’s leadership in climate stewardship.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement would be “short-sighted, irresponsible, and immoral,” U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, said.
Crist made his statement after news that President Donald Trump will likely announce that he would pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, which committed almost every nation to take action to help rein in global warming.
Crist’s statement in full:
“The Paris climate accord is a historic and shared commitment between nearly 200 countries to protect our environment and our future. It would be extremely disappointing and damaging for the U.S. to walk away from this commitment and surrender America’s leadership in climate stewardship. Withdrawal would cause lasting damage to our international relationships, global environment, and national economy. In my home state of Florida, the environment is our economy and we feel the effects of climate change on a daily basis. We must renew and strengthen these
commitments, not turn our back on them. A decision to withdraw from the accord would be short-sighted, irresponsible, and immoral.”
Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which covers mid- and south Pinellas County.
For information about Crist, go to crist.house.gov.
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