November 04, 2019

Harris Statement on Trump Administration Beginning Formal Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released a statement following the Trump administration’s formal notice that they will begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

“As California burns and unprecedented, climate change-driven weather conditions threaten more frequent and more intense wildfires throughout our state, the Trump administration today has opted to further endanger the health of our planet and our fellow Americans. This is a destructive and short-sighted decision based in science fiction, not science fact. Once again, this administration has failed to demonstrate both leadership on the global stage and any understanding of the threat posed by climate change and the harm it has already wrought.

“The participation of the United States in the Paris Agreement is a vital component of the global response to the climate crisis. We must affirm that everybody has a right to a sustainable planet with clean air and clean water—and we must back those words with bold action to protect the health and security of future generations. I’m particularly proud of the work California has already done as a global leader in the climate fight. The Trump administration should follow California’s lead instead of putting our country on a course that is bound for climate disaster.

“It’s not hyperbole when our nation’s youth and those on the frontlines of the climate crisis claim their future is at stake. It’s on us to take climate action and secure our future.”