Hartzler Rejects Measure Forcing U.S. to Remain in Unfair Paris Accord
ST. LOUIS, MO – Citing serious inequities with the Paris Climate Accord signed by President Obama in 2016, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted against H.R. 9, legislation that would prevent the current President the flexibility to withdraw from the agreement. The Paris Agreement, which President Obama signed without the consent or support of Congress, creates a highly unfair playing field for the United States setting emission requirements far above those of other nations including some of the worst offenders such as China and India.
“The Paris agreement unwisely tied the hands of American economic growth while allowing the world’s largest emitters of pollution to continue unabated until at least 2030,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler who noted China’s role as the world’s largest polluter, accounting for more than half the planet’s carbon pollutants in 2017. “The Chinese government would love for the United States to adhere to this agreement which could cost the American economy over $250 billion dollars and a loss of 2.7 million jobs within the next ten years,” added Hartzler.
The Paris agreement signed by President Obama committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below its 2005 level by 2025. Meanwhile other countries like China, which is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, do not pledge to address this issue until 2030. This puts the United States at a severe disadvantage with its largest economic and security competitors in the world.
“America is currently a global leader in cutting CO2 emissions, representing the largest decline among all countries since 2000. In fact, from 2000 and 2014 the United States reduced emissions more than 18 percent while leading the world in reductions. Emission levels in the U.S. have retracted to 1990 levels. Our efforts are working, and we should not be penalized by being forced into a treaty that puts us at an unfair disadvantage with our global competitors,” added Hartzler.
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