WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord:
“Entering into the Paris climate accord was not in America’s best interest and the previous administration should have never taken that action without seeking the Senate’s advice and consent. I commend President Trump for taking the appropriate steps to make a clean exit from it so we can continue to pursue an “all-of-the-above” approach to meeting our energy needs free of the significant litigation risk created by the agreement.
Typical of Obama-era actions, the agreement picked winners and losers. China, an obvious winner, is allowed to operate without making any significant changes. Meanwhile, the U.S., which was expected to make up 21 percent of all emissions reductions while subsidizing the efforts of other countries, was clearly on the losing side.
It is important to stress that a clean exit from the Paris climate accord will not take away the United States’ seat at the table in future discussions, nor will it detract from our efforts to pursue renewable energy solutions. We need to use everything our nation has been blessed with, including wind, solar, renewable biomass and hydropower to diversify our energy portfolio. Emissions-free nuclear must also play a big role. We will continue to make advancements in these areas and that will not stop once the nation withdraws from this agreement.”