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Democrats (aka, Sane People) React to Trump’s Psychopathic Decision to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord

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DPVA Condemns Trump Decision to Leave Paris Climate Accord

RICHMOND, Va. – The Democratic Party of Virginia today condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, the global agreement signed at the end of 2015, and is calling on Republicans in Virginia to take a stand to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

In response to Trump’s decision to stop enforcing the emission standards laid out in President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Governor McAuliffe has taken action in Virginia by working to implement those standards through his executive directive, the “Clean Energy Virginia” initiative.

The Washington Post Editorial Board recently praised this measure and called on other states to follow Virginia’s lead. Meanwhile, Republican governors in two other states have called on Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Accord, and the Republican gubernatorial candidates should do the same.

“Pulling out of the Paris Agreement will devastate the global effort to curb the effects of climate change, and the president’s decision today further damages the United States’ standing in the international community,” said DPVA spokeswoman Katie Baker. “Virginia is leading the national response to Trump’s climate denial, which will require an aggressive coordinated effort between state and local leaders to compensate for the president’s inaction. Governor McAuliffe’s ‘Clean Energy Virginia’ initiative is a crucial first step, which is why it’s critical that we elect a Democrat to carry on his work in November.”

KAINE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION TO ABANDON PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to abandon America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement:  

“President Trump’s retreat from the Paris Agreement will turn over America’s international leadership role to China and make it harder to deal with the realities of climate change we already see at home in places like Hampton Roads, Virginia. This retreat also reflects an extraordinary lack of faith in American innovation, as the President seems to think that the U.S. commitment to cut about 1/4th of our carbon pollution by 2025 is beyond the grasp of the country that won World War II and put men on the moon. I reject the notion that this nation has to choose between our clean energy and economic goals. I want to tell my grandchildren that the United States met this challenge head-on and triumphed over it, not shrank and cowered from it. I am confident that our nation’s optimistic, can-do spirit will eventually prevail over this short-sighted dereliction of America’s leadership role.”

House Green Dogs’ Statement on Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement 

“Trump has proven that he doesn’t have what it takes to face this challenge.”

Fairfax, VA – Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), co-chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“We condemn President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Climate change is a pressing global problem that is putting lives at risk now and taking the planet as we know it away from our children and grandchildren. 

“In a moment in history when the American people and the entire world need a bold leader to help us find a solution, Trump has proven that he doesn’t have what it takes to face this challenge.  

“It’s up to the rest of us, working together, to lead the fight to protect our families and our planet. Action on climate change doesn’t just happen at the national level—cities of all sizes, states, and companies across the country are already leading the way on reducing greenhouse gas pollution. We urge mayors, governors, and CEOs to reaffirm their commitment to being part of achieving and surpassing the U.S. climate pledge. And as members of SEEC, we will continue to fight for funding and policies that protect our communities from climate change. Together, we can let the world know that America is still with them in building a cleaner economy and a safer planet for all.”

The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, commonly referred to as the “Green Dogs,” is the largest pro-environment caucus in the House of Representatives. They are committed to addressing global climate change and investing in the clean and renewable energy technologies of tomorrow.

 

STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

~ On Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement ~ 

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the below statement following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement, which when signed in 2015 committed 195 nations to act on climate change:

“President Trump’s disappointing action today places our national security at risk, and it will harm the health and safety of Americans. It is a rejection of settled science and it poses a direct threat to Virginia’s environment, economy and way of life. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and abdicating America’s leadership role in the world is a historic mistake.”

 

 

House Democratic Leaders On Climate Reject Trump’s Decision To Retreat From US Leadership, Withdraw From Paris Agreement

June 1, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, today denounced the decision by the Trump White House to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Change Accord is not leadership. It is an act of cowardice,” said Rep. Lowenthal (D-CA). “The Trump administration has a blatant disregard for the truth and is determined to turn the misleading claims and tired talking points of a handful of billionaires and their lobbyists into pro-polluter policy. Pulling out of the Paris Accord will have long lasting negative impacts on the health, safety, and prosperity of our families.”

Departure from the Paris Agreement would make the United States one of only three nations not participating in the international plan to fight climate change. The others are Syria and Nicaragua.

“Trump’s decision will be a self-inflicted wound on our allies’ trust in American leadership,” said Rep. Beyer (D-VA). “The Paris Agreement was a vision reflecting decisive action, hope, ingenuity, and the ideals with which we would define our country’s place in the world. Withdrawal from that agreement represents a triumph of ignorance, nativism, and political pandering, and the message it sends to other countries will be disastrous for the relationships which have built and sustained our prosperity.”

The House Safe Climate Caucus was formed in 2009 to raise awareness both within Congress and with the public about the many ways climate change is affecting the world. It has 52 Members, including co-chairs Lowenthal and Beyer.

  • From VA Dem House Leader David Toscano:

    Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Exit the Paris Climate Accord-States Will Need to Step Up

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (June 1, 2017 4:00 pm) – David J. Toscano, Delegate from the 57th District (Charlottesville/Albemarle) and the Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, today issued the following statement:

    “The President’s action today is extremely disappointing, but not unexpected. During his campaign, Donald Trump indicated that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and now he has delivered on that pledge. His action removes this nation from an agreement that has broad-based support in the international community. This will not only have a dramatic impact on our environment and our economy, but will lessen the role of the United States’ leadership in the world. Refusing to confront climate change will not reduce the real threat it poses to our lives and our children’s lives.”

    “If the federal government will not act, states need to take an even stronger leadership role to combat climate change. Several months ago, I requested an Attorney General’s opinion on how the state could act independently to cut carbon emissions. The opinion clearly states that we have broad authority to do more in our state and to make Virginia a leader in creating a clean energy economy. Today’s decision by the Trump administration only reinforces our commitment to finding ways for Virginia to join with other states to protect our environment and cut the rising carbon emissions that threaten our planet.”

  • How deranged and evil is the VA GOP? THIS deranged and evil.

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  • Dan Rather:

    It is as was feared. President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. This is momentous. It is ominous. And it throws the future health of the planet into grave doubt.

    Some who are knowledgeable on this topic think the damage could be minimized by a renewed effort by the rest of the world, and action here at the state and local level as well as in the private sector. Others fear this could be a death knell for our global environment, as countries will shirk their responsibilities and the Paris deal will unravel. History will tell.

    But whatever happens, this was a reckless and intemperate action. It is not based on science or reason. And it will not strengthen the United States.

    How will President Trump argue for his actions? Who really cares? The world is watching, future generations wait in judgement, and we have shirked our moral responsibility as a member of the world community.

    We can only hope that when we look back at this, it is seen as a nadir on our path back to sanity. Will this awaken voters, business interests, and reasonable politicians? We can only hope and vow to do our part.

  • John Kerry:

    My thoughts on today’s big mistake by President Trump to put America last – and the big fight he’s started:

    The President who promised “America First” has taken a self-destructive step that puts our nation last. This is an unprecedented forfeiture of American leadership which will cost us influence, cost us jobs, and invite other countries to walk away from solving humanity’s most existential crisis.

    It isolates the United States after we had united the world.

    In 2015, because of American leadership, nearly 200 countries came together around a science-based agreement to grapple with a global threat. For a President to follow that historic step forward by unilaterally walking backwards from science and backwards from leadership on behalf of polluters and fringe ideologues may be the most self-defeating action in American history.

    Among the only two other countries who didn’t sign on to Paris, one thought it didn’t go far enough and one is embroiled in a bloody civil war. What’s our excuse?
    In public service, there are tough calls that can go either way. This wasn’t one of them. For our economy, security, leadership, competitiveness, and health, the clear-cut choice was to remain in the Paris Agreement. There is only one reason to instead make this choice: an ignorant, cynical appeal to an anti-science, special-interest faction far outside the mainstream. That is no basis for a decision that will affect billions of lives.

    Those of us who have spent a lifetime fighting on this issue know that America pulling out of Paris will not only result in lost leadership, it will also result in lost momentum. If the world doesn’t press forward faster, we’ll see stronger storms, longer and more intense droughts, more wildfires, more strains on agriculture and fishing, a swell of climate refugees, and, as military brass has been warning for years, intensified conflict around the world. This choice will rightly be remembered as one of the most shameful any president has made. It is a global stain on our credibility that we will spend years, if not decades, working to remove.

    The president’s abdication of responsibility complicates the U.S. climate effort, but it doesn’t kill it. Today is the day for cities, states, and businesses of all sizes to publicly commit to “Live by Paris.” I urge concerned citizens across America to join in this effort. Together, we can join the world by honoring the Paris Agreement, despite President Trump’s willful ignorance. Twenty-nine states have passed renewal portfolio standard laws. Another eight have adopted voluntary renewable standards. In total, those 37 states represent 80 percent of the U.S. population. America doesn’t have to cede leadership even if its President has. America will not abandon the global community and put its children and grandchildren at risk. While Donald Trump may turn his back on facts and science, America will not.

  • From 10th CD Dem candidate Dan Helmer:

    Dan Helmer denounces Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord
    Democratic candidate for VA-10 criticizes Barbara Comstock’s silence on issue

    Fairfax, VA – Today, Dan Helmer, Democratic candidate for Congress in VA-10, sharply criticized President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate Accord.

    “Withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate accord is irresponsible and dangerous. Climate instability threatens our economy and our national security. By exiting the deal, President Trump will hurt our economy in the short term and cost taxpayers billions in the long term. We will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries in the world outside the accord,” said Dan Helmer.

    “We expect that our leaders in Congress, however, will stand firmly for the use of facts and science in the creation of national policies. Congresswoman Comstock’s silence on this issue is deafening. It runs contrary to the will of her constituents, who recognize the massive threat climate change poses to our nation and our children, and who demand a science-based approach to dealing with this problem,” continued Helmer.

    “The challenge of climate change — like so many others we face as a nation — demands demonstrated leaders with fresh perspectives and new solutions. In Congress, I’ll work to bring in the voices of the many who are willing to make real change and smart policy. And I’ll work to help America achieve global leadership on the issues of carbon reduction and sustainable energy innovation in order to guarantee a safer and more prosperous future for our children,” said Helmer.

    After leaving active service in 2014, Dan and his family camped from VA-10 to Alaska. During the trip across the country, they witnessed firsthand the impact of climate change on our environment.

    Dan Helmer is a veteran of the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, a Rhodes Scholar, a Bronze star winner, and a business strategist.

  • Inslee, New York Governor Cuomo, and California Governor Brown announce formation of United States Climate Alliance

    Brown, Cuomo and Inslee Will Serve as Co-Chairs, Urge Other States to Join Alliance

    OLYMPIA – In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.

    “I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states,” said Inslee. “Today’s announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation. While the president’s actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up.”

    “The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet. This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet.”

    New York, California and Washington, representing over one-fifth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product, are committed to achieving the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

    “The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion,” said Governor Brown. “I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy – not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.”

    Together, New York, California and Washington represent approximately 68 million people – nearly one-in-five Americans – and the states account for at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. California will continue to work closely together with other states to help fill the void left by the federal government.

    With input from all participants, the U.S. Climate Alliance will also act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.

  • Rep. Bob BADlatte, wrong as always:

    “Today’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement was the right move. I’ve had concerns from the beginning that this agreement was never ratified by the Senate, failing to get the scrutiny of the People’s elected representatives and flouting our constitutional treaty approval process. Additionally, the agreement puts significant burdens on the U.S. while we have already taken substantial steps in reducing CO2 emissions in our country. We all want a healthy environment to pass down to the next generation, and we should continue to work toward this goal on the international front in a way that preserves both the American economy and the environment.”

  • Video: Gov. Jerry Brown: Trump’s move to reject Paris agreement hurts America and will cost jobs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRudZX9Zshc

  • “Following President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Tom Perriello spoke out in a new video filmed in Alexandria, Va. ‘Today, President Trump failed his basic promise to serve and protect the security of the United States of America,” Tom said. As Trump’s threatening actions put Virginia at risk, Tom added, “I’m not going to let that happen. At the state level, we will do our part to step up and lead on addressing climate change and making sure that our coastline here in Virginia, and all of our clean air and clean water is protected.'”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOhhkgtr7uI

  • Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA02): Liar, imbecile or both (the first two sentences are completely, wildly false). Even crazier, he represents one of the most vulnerable areas of the country when it comes to sea-level rise, storms, etc. He MUST be defeated next November!

    “The President’s decision does not mean we will cease to be good stewards of the environment, work towards combatting the effects of global climate change, or end America’s global leadership role. Rather, it protects the American taxpayer from sending billions of dollars overseas, harming our national output, and eliminating millions of American jobs. This type of agreement should be a treaty and therefore be considered by the United States Senate, which should have happened during the last administration.”

  • Statement from President Barack Obama on the Paris Climate Agreement:

    A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

    It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

    Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.

    The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.

  • And Virginia’s climate-science-denier, coal-industry tool imbecile Rep. Morgan Griffith weighs in…

    Congressman Griffith’s Statement on US Withdrawal from Paris Accord:

    “The Paris Climate Accord is a bad deal for Americans, as I’ve been saying since the deal was announced. The United States can be the world leader in energy innovation; this symbolic, expensive, and poorly negotiated deal doesn’t change that.

    The United States is ALREADY a clean energy and fossil fuel energy leader; we can reduce our emissions and continue to produce American energy without the Paris Accord. America has already reduced its carbon-dioxide emissions dramatically, beginning before the Accord.”

    “I believe that the United States should and can have an energy policy that both improves the environment and protects jobs. The President has made the right choice.”

    “President Obama committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which is about 30 percent of the initial funding, without authorization from Congress. With $20 trillion in debt, the U.S. taxpayers should not be paying billions or trillions to subsidize other countries’ energy needs to the detriment of our jobs.”

    “United States taxpayers should not be responsible for contributing to a slush fund for the UN’s use.”

    “Our country is in a better position today thanks to the President’s actions. I look forward to working with his Administration and my colleagues in Congress to craft and implement an energy policy that allows for the responsible use of our natural resources, improves our environment, and creates jobs.”

  • old_redneck

    I’m watching Jerry Brown on Rachel’s show — Brown is announcing that he and most of the rest of the world are ignoring Trump and are moving ahead into the real world.

    Will TerryMc join Jerry Brown and announce that Virginia is ignoring the Dunce in the White House?

    Meanwhile, I just slipped over to “The Bullshitting Elephant” to see comments from The Lovettsville Dimwit and her minions. They did not disappoint me — for the most part, their comments are the usual drivel.

  • Morris Meyer

    Dear Morris,

    Thank you for contacting me about climate change. I appreciate your views and comments.

    From my time in the Virginia General Assembly to today in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for an “all of the above” energy policy seeks to bolster solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and other forms of alternative energy. As a nation, we must strive for both energy independence as well as a reduction in emissions.

    In the General Assembly, I was a patron of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, which now supports the development of the offshore wind industry and wind-powered electric energy facilities located off the coast of the Commonwealth. I was also a patron of the Green Jobs Tax Credit, an income tax credit to encourage the creation of green jobs and to entice more alternative energy entrepreneurs to make Virginia their home.

    In the 115th Congress, I have continued this trend by cosponsoring H. Res. 195, which supports finding financially responsible solutions to study and address the causes and effects of global and regional climate change. We must take reasonable measures to incentivize the development of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass so that these sources become more affordable and more prevalent as their markets continue to grow. America must harness all sources of energy in order to protect consumers and facilitate a strong and innovative economy. At the same time it is imperative we stay globally economically competitive especially since higher energy prices disproportionality harm small businesses, families, and hinder economic mobility. I will continue to support responsible policies in Congress that both facilitate this energy approach and protect our environment.

    Thank you again for contacting me. I am honored to serve Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District. I may also be contacted at my Sterling office at 703-404-6903, or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-5136. By visiting http://comstock.house.gov, you can sign up to receive my email newsletters and follow my efforts to serve you. If I ever may be of service, please do not hesitate to call on me.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara Comstock

    Member of Congress

  • Morris Meyer

    RELEASE: Lt. Governor Northam Responds to Trump Announcement on Paris Climate Agreement

    Richmond, VA – Lt. Governor Northam released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that the United States will be pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement:

    “The President through his actions and rhetoric has set back American leadership on the world stage years. One of the reasons I got into politics was to help lead efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. This action is dangerous, and will hurt the health, economies, and environments of Virginia communities.

    “Climate change is affecting Virginia now – particularly my home region of Hampton Roads. This is one of the reasons I supported Governor McAuliffe’s executive order initiating the process of cutting carbon emissions and promoting clean energy growth in Virginia. If elected, I am committed to continuing that process and fighting the reckless actions of the Trump administration at every turn.”

  • Rep. Don Beyer on Paris Climate Accord: “This vision will carry on…The country will lead” https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4257/35008837936_154f23a6e3_o.jpg

  • Hey, a sane Republican!

    Statement from Gov. John Kasich on the United States Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

    JOHN KASICH·THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

    Rather than withdrawing the United States from the climate agreement and relinquishing our historic role of world leadership, the Trump Administration should have worked to improve the treaty from within.

    Let’s be clear. I wasn’t happy with the original agreement, especially in light of the Obama administration’s failure to work with Republicans in Congress on terms acceptable to both parties.

    But, I know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address. And we could have negotiated that agreement in ways that would not needlessly destroy jobs.

    The Trump Administration could have shown leadership by working to improve the agreement:

    The largest emitters of greenhouse gases could have been asked to commit to concrete, obligatory reductions in emissions;

    The agreement could have targeted the root cause of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, instead of an indirect measure such as aggregate global temperature; and

    More thorough analysis of the costs and the benefits could have provided greater assurance that jobs were not unnecessarily being put at risk.

    A properly negotiated agreement could actually have ended up driving innovation and creating jobs.

    By withdrawing from the agreement, the Administration has passed up an opportunity both to expand U.S leadership in clean energy technology and to create well-paid American jobs with a future.