Senators argue continued U.S. participation in Paris Agreement is in best interest for American diplomacy, security, public health, economic growth

WASHINGTON – Amid reports that President Trump is nearing a decision on whether the United States will remain in or retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of SFRC, and the eight other Democratic members of the Committee in introducing a resolution stating that the United States should work in cooperation with the international community and continue to exercise global leadership to address the causes and effects of climate change.

The Paris Climate Agreement is the largest multilateral cooperative agreement ever reached to address the challenge of global climate change, signed by nearly every country in the world. 

“Syria and Nicaragua are the only two countries in the entire world that have not signed the Paris climate agreement. Donald Trump is considering backing out of the deal and adding the United States to that list,” said Murphy. “Climate change is real, and its effects are already causing irreversible damage to our national security, our economy, and to countries across the globe. If Trump decides to pull the U.S. out of this agreement, American businesses will lose out and the quality of our air and water will only get worse. Future generations will judge Donald Trump for this. I urge him and his administration to think twice before they make any foolish decisions.”

Joining Murphy and Cardin on the resolution are their colleagues U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). 

The text of the resolution is available at this link.