U.S. Exit from Unfair Paris Climate Deal - Oregon GOP Chair Reacts

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party issued the following statement from Chairman Bill Currier in reaction to President Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. PLACEHOLDER IMAGE

“We want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. It was a bad deal for American workers, consumers, and toothless for anyone serious about fighting climate change. Plus, it was an unfair deal to our country,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier. “In doing so, the President put energy independence, our economy and jobs for working families first, while keeping open the door to a better deal in the future."

According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama Administration’s requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades. By 2040, our economy would lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs – including 3.1 million manufacturing jobs.

The Accord extracts meaningless commitments from the world’s top polluters, and actually permits China and India to increase emissions until 2030. The agreement also commits the U.S. to send TRILLIONS of dollars to a “UN Green Climate Fund.” Despite a $20 trillion national debt, American taxpayer’s would be expected pay for a slush fund to subsidize other countries’ energy needs, instead of funding our own vital needs here at home.

According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their Paris Accord obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible, estimated to reduce global temperature rise by less than 0.2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

Without the Paris Accord, America has, through innovative technology and investment, already reduced its carbon-dioxide emissions dramatically. Since 2006, U.S. CO2 emissions have declined by 12 percent, and are expected to continue to decline.

“The US has been, and will continue to be, the world leader in CO2 reduction despite opting out of past climate agreements,” said Currier. “This has been due to American innovation and technology from entrepreneurs and private investors - not foreign lobbyists and climate bureaucrats, corrupt Solyndra-type government bailouts, and expensive, job-killing EPA regulations.”

“Meanwhile, Oregon should continue to chart its own course based on Oregon’s needs, while developing energy and job opportunities, like the LNG terminal in Coos Bay," added Chair Currier.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

Friday 06/02/17 – 6:00 PM PT
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