On the opening day of hurricane season, part-time Florida man President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will drop out of the G7 climate accord with 195 other countries.
“As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump said yesterday
Trump’s remarks drew the wrath of Florida’s congressional Democrats, who disparaged the decision as “dumb and dangerous,” “craven and calamitous” and just plain dumb — and are using the issue as a way to raise money.
Congressman Charlie Crist‘s campaign launched an online petition to “send a message that’s loud and clear — we will continue to fight climate change.”
Here’s a sampling of what some other Florida Dems had to say about the president’s announcement.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson:
“This is a huge mistake. Sea-level rise caused by the Earth heating up is a real threat to Florida. If the U.S. isn’t going to do its part to combat climate change, then the rest of the world won’t do theirs and millions of Floridians living along the coast will be at risk.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
“President Trump’s reckless withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord banishes America to the political and scientific fringes of the international community, and relinquishes any leadership role that the United States could play in tackling what is arguably the most pressing global crisis of our time.
It’s a craven and calamitous retreat on so many fronts. Trump’s decision ignores the consensus opinion of the scientific community that humans are contributing to climate change, and it disregards the vast majority of Americans who recognize global warming as a real threat that must be addressed now. This withdrawal also jeopardizes future generations’ ability to inhabit a healthy, safe and clean planet, and it alarmingly tells the marketplace that American policy will cling to Trump’s ignorant dirty energy policies.
Coastal communities in my home state of Florida are already seeing a rise in sea levels, while drought, flooding, disease and famine are certain to become more severe as the effects of climate change take hold here and around the globe. Now is the time for Congress, state and local governments and the business community to take bold, decisive actions to slow down and mitigate the inevitable impacts of climate change. This President clearly lacks the common sense and courage to do so.”
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel:
“Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement is both dumb and dangerous. Americans should lead the way in the mission to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our planet for future generations. Abandoning this agreement ignores the fact that an overwhelming number of scientists believe that human beings are significant contributors to global warming, a condition that will negatively affect our health, economy, and national security. Rejection of the Paris Agreement puts us at odds with and sends a message of contempt to the nearly 200 countries that signed the treaty. It also puts the United States at a disadvantage in the race to produce green technology and the millions of American jobs that would come with it. I am hopeful that our local and state governments, businesses large and small, and individual citizens of good conscience will rebuke this ill-advised action by President Trump with their own efforts to meet what many call the greatest challenge facing human survival.”
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor:
“President Trump’s decision to quit the international climate agreement deals a harsh economic blow to Florida families and businesses. By exiting the Paris Climate Accord, Trump is saddling Floridians with higher costs and ignoring the boom in higher-paying jobs tied to clean energy. Trump also is ceding America’s leadership in the world to other nations with disregard for the economic damage to our fellow Americans.
The rising costs of the changing climate are real for Florida families and businesses, and the threat to my neighbors and Floridians across the state due to climate change demands leadership, not abdication of responsibility.
Trump states that the Paris Climate Accord is costing the United States a fortune, but as in so many other areas, Trump stands the economic argument on its head – striking at the heart of the economic boost that Florida and other states enjoyed due to expanding job opportunities in clean energy, green building, solar, energy efficiency and co-generation. Clean energy jobs are on the upswing, much more so than jobs in industries tied to fossil fuels. An analysis by ICF International estimates that investing in clean energy would create 1 million new jobs in America by 2030 and 2 million jobs by 2050. Florida was on track to see 109,000 new jobs tied to clean energy construction and manufacturing by 2030 and 206,000 jobs by 2050.
The Paris Climate Accord would make important steps to ensure a clean planet so we can be healthy at home. Trump is making light of this grave and pressing worldwide threat. International cooperation is not another contestant on a reality show that he can fire. Working with allies and forming diplomatic ties are far more important in this volatile world than Trump realizes. His action today sends the wrong message, that other countries will lead where we have done so in the past. With today’s action, along with his policy-by-tweet outlook of America’s role in the world, Trump is taking America in the wrong direction and empowering our adversaries.”