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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the United States’ Withdrawal from the Paris Accord

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to President Trump's Decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord:

"By pulling out of the Paris climate change accord to keep a campaign promise to the voters who put him in office, President Donald Trump has broken a sacred promise to all Americans to safeguard their health and the environment.

"Instead of leading a worldwide effort to help curb global warming and its detrimental effects, the United States joins a dubious club that includes Nicaragua and Syria in turning its back on an opportunity to help save the world.

"Instead of pushing industries that are not only dying but also kill, President Trump and his team should be taking advantage of opportunities to create new industries that will generate jobs and economic growth. Indeed, many of the nation's leading businesses implored the administration to stick with the Paris agreement because it will help them become more competitive, but the president is turning a deaf ear to appeal to his base after a firestorm of unpleasant and controversial headlines.

"This move, combined with the administration's efforts to dismantle domestic policies and regulations put in place right previous wrongs and keep the nation's environment safe is setting the United States on a dangerous course.

"And, denying the obvious and claiming that global warming is a hoax is especially disconcerting for Floridians, where issues like the greenhouse effect on water levels and flooding are a major concern. The real hoax is being played on Trump's supporters who will be among those who stand to suffer the most from this administration's policies, from efforts to take away their health care to steps that make the air they breathe and the water they drink less safe.

"In his remarks, the president implied that the other countries that are partners in the Paris agreement were using it to take advantage of the United States. He said he didn't want the leaders of those countries ‘laughing at us anymore.' I doubt that was the case, but would not be surprised if they are laughing now after this unwise move."