Conservatives for Environmental Reform's Statement on the United States Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Seattle, WA — Conservatives for Environmental Reform has released the following statement

During the President’s trip to the G7 summit last week we were encouraged by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn’s statement that, "we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.”

It is heartening to see the President's top economic adviser recognize that natural gas, wind, and solar power are the future of American energy production, but this makes the Administration's decision to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement all the more puzzling.

One of the biggest downsides to leaving the Paris Agreement would be the removal of the United States from the global environmental conversation.  When the United States does not lead, it gets left behind, and world leaders are already saying as much. A few days ago, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres gave a speech sharing that sentiment, saying “...if one country [like the United States] decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it.”

With the Group of Seven, European Union, China, and every UNFCCC member state except Syria and Nicaragua reaffirming their commitment to the Agreement, now is not the time for the United States to back out. If the President truly wants to "Make America Great Again," he needs to affirm our position as the climate leader—not shrink into the background and allow other nations and institutions to lead the way.