One of the most egregious, pointless, and disturbing moments of Donald Trump’s presidency came when he announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, a non-binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change.
Today the House passed H.R. 9, the #ClimateActionNow Act. The U.S. has always led by example. That's why it's imperative that we rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. If we retreat, we are condemning future generations to a world filled with catastrophic #climatechange and conflict. pic.twitter.com/qY8ERipnT9
— Jerry McNerney (@RepMcNerney) May 2, 2019
A bill in the House of Representatives to reenter that agreement was passed on Thursday with a vote of 231-190. Three Republicans voted to remain in the accord and every Democrat voted in favor with the exception of seven members who abstained with a “no vote” entered.
Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
However, the bill now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it will most likely not be put up for a vote thanks to the self-proclaimed “grim reaper” of progressive policies, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It no longer matters that voters have begun to understand the imminent danger of climate change or that a vast majority of American citizens support remaining in the Paris Accord. What the people want no longer dictates policy. Instead, big money donors from oil corporations have Republican support in the Senate, so the bill passed on Thursday will likely go nowhere.
Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting for a bill that would stop President Trump from pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord https://t.co/3aYLhxhH4U
— Roll Call (@rollcall) May 2, 2019
The Republican stance on the Paris Accord is publicly based on their warnings that it will kill jobs as if green energy jobs do not exist and cannot be expanded and as if the Paris Accord dictates what jobs are allowed and which aren’t. Saving the planet in this moment before it is too late, while natural disasters destroy lives and devastate communities, is simply not as important as speaking to Trump supporters who still believe that they are under greater threat from brown migrants than from climate change.
America is already leading industrial countries in lowering carbon emissions without the Paris Climate Accord. Decimating our All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy will kill jobs and eliminate affordable energy for American families and businesses. pic.twitter.com/Umy5Svqx3d
— Rep. Scott Tipton (@RepTipton) April 30, 2019
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