Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: By Leaving Paris Accord, U.S. is Once Again Ceding Its Leadership Role Under Trump

Jun 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that he intends to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord:

“Pulling out of the Paris Agreement won’t happen overnight, but this announcement’s impact will be immediate: It signals that the United States cannot be counted on to stick to its promises and is prepared to cede leadership in yet another area that is crucial to our future. After ridiculing international trade agreements, failing to stand up firmly for NATO’s Article 5 commitments and treating our traditional alliances with scorn, the president evidently is willing to renege on an accord to which all countries but Syria and Nicaragua have agreed. Why is he looking to alienate the United States?  ‘America First’ is turning into ‘America Alone.’

“This step defies scientific consensus about the effects of climate change. It will imperil future generations. And it will empower other countries that honor the Paris Agreement, leading them to create opportunities for innovation and a surging clean energy sector while our country is left in the dust."