‘It’s Especially Cruel’: Democratic Members of Congress React to Exit From Paris Climate Deal
After this afternoon’s announcement from President Donald Trump that the United States would be exiting the Paris Climate Agreement, confirming reports earlier this week that he’d decided on exiting the international climate accord, Democratic members of Congress immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage and disappointment.
With Trump exclaiming that “we’re getting out,” senators and representatives fired off their angry messages. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) noted that it was “indefensible”:
Leaving the Paris Agreement is indefensible. It's bad for our kids & grandkids, for economic development & for our position in the world.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 1, 2017
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) called it “morally irresponsible”:
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 1, 2017
Sen. Chris Coon (D-DE) explained that Trump’s action was a “mistake”:
The #Paris agreement was the result of 25 yrs of hard work over 4 previous presidential admins. A withdrawal is a mistake.
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) June 1, 2017
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) said it was a “bad deal for the health of our children”:
Withdrawal from #ParisAgreement is a bad deal for the health of our children. Today, the President has threatened the future of our planet.
— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) June 1, 2017
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) felt the exit was “especially cruel” to her homestate:
It's especially cruel for places like WA, where ocean acidification, disappearing glaciers, & bigger wildfires are becoming the norm.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) June 1, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) let it be known that her state would continue to lead the fight to combat climate change:
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 1, 2017
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said it was a “sad day for America”:
It's a sad day for America. Trump just quit the race to become the world's #cleanenergy superpower & diminished us in the eyes of our allies
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) June 1, 2017
Sen. Tim Kaine (R-VA) tweeted out that Trump’s actions “reflects an extraordinary lack of faith”:
Trump's decision to retreat from #ParisAgreement reflects an extraordinary lack of faith in American innovation
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 1, 2017
And this is just a small collection of what Democrats in Washington had to say about the president pulling out of the climate deal.
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