President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords

President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords, an international agreement to combat climate change. This is an incredibly dangerous move that is going to not only damage the US’s relationship with our allies, but also put our children and future generations at risk. This accord being signed by 195 countries around the world was a clear sign of us fighting for a better tomorrow. Now President Trump is showing he doesn’t care about the future of our planet and is at odds with almost every country in the world.

The Nebraska Democratic Party has a petition up asking the Congressional Delegation is they stand with Trump’s climate denial. Sign the petition.

Statement from Chair Jane Kleeb on Trump pulling United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement:

“In one of the most reckless moves so far of his presidency, Trump throws our kids and our economy under the bus as he cowers to a minority of individuals who ignore climate science.

Our farms, ranches and communities across our state rely on clean water, clean air and clean soil. Any logical person knows expanding fossil fuels risks our land, water and air.

This action by President Trump cedes our position as a leader in the world, joining only Nicaragua and Syria in denying a stronger economy and safer future to our children.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has extensive research on how climate change impacts our state’s economy. If Trump will not listen to scientists at the national level, maybe he can read the reports from a university in the Heartland that lays out the risks of the status quo.

Since our entire Congressional Delegation including Fischer, Sasse, Bacon, Fortenberry and Smith continue to give Trump political cover for reckless actions, we can only assume they also agree with this latest move by Trump. We wait to see if they will prove us wrong.”

Background on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement:

THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORTED STAYING IN THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
Only 17% Of Americans Supported Withdrawing From The Paris Climate Agreement, According To A HuffPost/YouGov Poll. “But a majority of the country wants the U.S. to remain in the pact, according to HuffPost/YouGov poll taken this week. Sixty-one percent of Americans said the country should stay in the agreement, while just 17 percent supported withdrawing. Another 21 percent said they were unsure.” [Huffington Post, 5/19/17]

TRUMP’S SECRETARY OF STATE SUPPORTED THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Said He Supported Remaining In The Paris Climate Agreement. “The question of whether to leave the Paris deal is the subject of much debate within the White House, with meetings between proponents of each side having been postponed several times. Mr. Tillerson has said he supports remaining in the agreement.” [New York Times, 5/11/17]

RELIGIOUS GROUPS SIGNED OPEN LETTERS ENCOURAGING TRUMP TO REMAIN IN THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL
More Than 80 Groups And 3,600 Individuals Of Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, And Muslim Faith Signed Onto An Interfaith Statement On Climate Changing Urging Ratification Of The Paris Agreement. “Monday’s Interfaith Statement on Climate Change urges ‘all Heads of State to promptly sign and ratify the Paris Agreement.’ More than 80 groups and 3,600 individuals of Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faith have signed on, including the Dalai Lama, the head of the World Council of Churches and several Catholic cardinals. The declaration was assembled by a coalition of environmentally-minded religious organizations.” [ThinkProgress, 4/18/16]

Pope Francis Gave Trump A Set Of His Writings, Including His 2015 Encyclical On Climate Change And The Environment. “The pope, in return, gave Trump a set of his own writings, including his 2015 encyclical on climate change and the environment. Also among the pope’s gifts to Trump was a copy of this year’s World Day of Peace message, which the Pope said he had personally signed for Trump. The president told Pope Francis that ‘I’ll be reading’ what he was given.” [Politico, 5/24/17]

BUSINESS GROUPS WARNED TRUMP THAT WITHDRAWING FROM THE PARIS DEAL WOULD HURT AMERICAN COMPANIES
Business Groups, Including 280 Investors Representing More Than $17 Trillion In Assets, Warned Trump That Withdrawing From The Paris Agreement Would Put U.S. Companies At A Disadvantage. “Pressure has also come from business groups, including 280 investors representing more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an ‘urgent priority’ for all G-20 nations. Executives have warned that Trump would put U.S. companies at a disadvantage if he pulled out of the pact.” [Bloomberg, 5/24/17]

MAJOR OIL AND GAS COMPANIES FAVORED THE U.S. STAYING IN THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Major Oil Companies, Including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, And BP, Favored The U.S. Staying In The Paris Climate Agreement. “But some powerful forces—with real skin in the game—are urging Trump not to abandon the 2015 Paris deal brokered among more than 175 nations. Surprisingly, it’s the big oil companies who are vocally supporting the climate agreement, joining others in the administration that include Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Specifically, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and BP are all in favor of America staying in the Paris COP21 pact, which former President Obama hailed as ‘the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.’” [CNN Money, 4/18/17]

The Nebraska Democratic Party has a petition up asking the Congressional Delegation is they stand with Trump’s climate denial. Sign the petition.