Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement Thursday after President Trump announced that he intends to withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Accord:
“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is the most dangerous, shortsighted, and negligent decision of his presidency. By abandoning this agreement, President Trump is showing the world that an American commitment can be reversed on a whim. This devastating decision abdicates our role as a global leader, and breaks our promise to nearly nations to work together to address climate change.
“Today’s action seriously jeopardizes the security of our economic, and environmental future, and is an attack on the health and safety of our communities. The Trump administration is determined to retreat to fossil fuel dependence, reversing meaningful progress and setting us on a dangerous course toward catastrophic climate change.
“The President’s failure to acknowledge climate change undermines our nation’s credibility and jeopardizes the jobs and economic growth that are underway in the clean energy technology sector. Thankfully, these trends already are well-underway and cannot be recklessly reversed by a pro-polluter President who is beholden to a small group of special interests.
“New Jerseyans understand that when we defend our environment we are also protecting our safety, public health, and economy. Those who witnessed the destruction of Sandy saw first hand the impacts of climate change already happening. Abandoning the Paris Agreement jeopardizes our economic future and endangers New Jersey communities.
“Climate change cannot be ignored, and we must combat this challenge in order to save our planet for our children and grandchildren.”