WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Congressman Jodey Arrington of Texas filed H.Res. 676, which supports formally withdrawing the United States from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
“At a time when American innovation is leading the way in environmental stewardship, the Paris Agreement is political window dressing, at best. This feel-good measure would have no meaningful impact on international air quality but, instead, would levy a huge tax on middle and working class families, costing Americans $250 billion dollars and 2.7 million jobs,” said Arrington. “As a result, Americans would be forced to pay higher prices at the pump and for their homes; all the while, giving a pass to the world’s biggest polluters. Today, I am introducing legislation that will ensure Americans will no longer be bound by this feckless, inequitable, and economically crippling agreement.”
“Three years in, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Paris Agreement is a sham. Its anti-energy, globalist ideas are not only detrimental to our economy, but also utter failures at their ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jason Isaac, senior manager and distinguished fellow of Life:Powered. “While the rest of the world continues its empty political posturing, America will continue to embrace our vibrant energy industry and continue to lead where it matters: clean air, clean water, and lifting people out of poverty. We should urge our allies and trading partners to follow in our footsteps.”
The resolution reads in part, “Instead of binding the United States to international agreements that put Americans at a national security and economic disadvantage to our competitors abroad, we should be focused on continuing to reduce emissions, developing and exporting clean energy technologies, and making our communities more resilient, all while ensuring affordable, reliable energy prices and prioritizing the consumer, American security, and prosperity.”