McEachin Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:
“One of President Trump’s worst choices was to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This global agreement, supported by every country except the U.S., was designed to keep our world livable and healthy—but our withdrawal will endanger that work. In the face of President Trump’s disastrous choice, I am heartened by the way so many cities and states, including Virginia, have announced that they are ‘still in’—that they remain committed to minimizing climate change.
“In that spirit, I have submitted amendments to the last two National Defense Authorization Acts that would have mandated reports spotlighting the ways withdrawal will harm national security. I will introduce related legislation in the near future to require a more comprehensive report—including a plan for emissions reductions.
“I am determined to keep us in the Paris Climate Agreement, to address climate change, and to ensure we leave future generations a healthy, sustainable planet. I refuse to back away from this critical responsibility. I call on my colleagues to join me in protecting our Earth.”
Contact: Jamitress Bowden