Polis statement on President Trump’s decision to exit Paris Climate Agreement
WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement following President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. Earlier this year, Polis introduced a resolution preemptively urging President Trump to not withdraw from the Paris Agreement citing the reality of climate change as well as the impacts it would have on the global economy, vulnerable populations, working families, and middle-class sector jobs.
"The President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the largest multi-national climate agreement in history, flies in the face of both economics and science. While 195 other nations are moving forward to create 21st century jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and advance innovative energy, the United States will now be less competitive in the global economy. We cannot afford to disregard the health and well-being of future generations and the overwhelming evidence that humans are the leading contributors to climate change,” Polis said. “Companies, states, and local governments throughout the United States, have already begun to fill the void left by this administration’s actions, leading the way on clean energy initiatives and reducing our carbon footprint. Unlike this administration, I will continue to help find ways for Colorado and the United States to strongly address climate change and further clean energy technologies and jobs.”
Polis serves as vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). He is a champion for the environment in Congress and an advocate for local control of oil and gas development. He has written several op-eds on the impact of climate change, introduced legislation to close oil and gas loopholes in the Clean Air Act, and has testified before the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission.