STATEMENT: President Trump’s Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Agreement Is a Devastating Blow to Humanity

Global Progressive Hub issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement (See statements from GPH allies below):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is a devastating blow to the health, well-being, and future of humanity and our planet. Without American participation in this crucial international agreement, it’s now more likely that we will reach the point of no return in terms of rising atmospheric temperatures causing irreversible extreme weather related conditions.

By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, President Trump is not only abdicating U.S. leadership on climate change, but also damaging American credibility in negotiating future international agreements and abandoning the transition to a job-creating clean energy economy.

The simple reality is that President Trump’s “America First” mantra doesn’t apply to climate change — a global issue that knows no borders and requires a global, collaborative response. Pulling out of Paris is a sure way to undermine America’s interests in our interconnected world. And weakening our commitments to vulnerable communities is neither true to American values nor to our history of U.S. leadership with integrity.

Thankfully, a majority of Americans — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or political party affiliation — support the Paris agreement and agree that climate change is the biggest threat we face as a country and as a global community.  We call on Congress, activists, and citizens alike to place maximum pressure on the Trump administration to return to the Paris Agreement. And we hope our friends around the world maintain their commitments to reducing harmful greenhouse gases to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

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For further comment, questions, or discussion on these matters, please feel free to contact Global Progressive Hub Director Michelle Dixon at mdixon@globalprogressivehub.org, or Ben Armbruster, GPH’s Communications Director, at barmbruster@globalprogressivehub.org

Statements from GPH allies on Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is a decision to abandon a cleaner future powered by good jobs. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has given dangerous advice around these issues. Following Pruitt’s lead is a failure of American leadership.

A deteriorating environment is not the only thing at stake here. When our leaders isolate America from the rest of the world, it hurts our ability to raise incomes for working families and achieve fairness in the global economy. The U.S. labor movement will continue to urge the United States to stay in the agreement so we can achieve the best outcomes for America’s workers.

Oxfam for America President Raymond C. Offenheiser:

“President Trump claims pulling out of Paris puts America first, this couldn’t be more wrong. This move puts America last in the race to build a clean, resilient future. Everyday Americans and frontline communities around the world will pay the price.

“President Trump’s reckless move to walk back from international climate commitments is grossly unjust and utterly shortsighted. Worse yet, lives hang in the balance.

”Climate change is one of the most significant threats facing the world today with the potential to drive 100 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030.

“President Trump’s action disregards US political and economic interests, global stability, and national security. It is a desperate attempt to placate the fossil fuel industry as thousands of American companies have called on the President to stay the course.

“Every nation in the world that has committed to the Paris Agreement understands that global cooperation is the only option to resolve massive global challenges like climate change. The United States is now in the company of Syria and Nicaragua, the only two countries that are not party to the Paris climate agreement.

“President Trump’s action today will hurt and isolate the US, undermining America’s position as an influential and credible partner with its allies and leaders around the world.

“While it may be too late to sway an administration beholden to fossil fuel interests, it is not too late to save the planet and its people. Despite President Trump’s actions, the Paris Agreement will endure, with nearly 200 other nations from across the globe having signed. American businesses, governors, mayors and civil society will now take the mantle and lead the fight against climate change.

“As an organization fighting against poverty around the world, we at Oxfam have witnessed firsthand the extreme impacts of climate change-related events on the world’s most vulnerable people. Right now, East Africa is experiencing one of the worst droughts in living memory for those living in the region, pushing Somalia to the brink of famine. Climate change is worsening this humanitarian disaster with more than 13 million people desperately hungry and in need of assistance.

“In 2017 and beyond, we at Oxfam will not stand idle as we witness backsliding on climate action and unfounded attacks on science itself. There is no more time to waste. Climate change is one of the only global challenges that affects every single human being on the planet. We will continue to fight.”