On Monday, the Trump administration notified the United Nations of its intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, effective Nov. 4, 2020. The nonbinding agreement, in which nearly every other country is a signatory, seeks to limit the global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels through voluntary carbon emissions reduction.
Democratic policymakers in Colorado reacted with harsh criticism of the decision. As of yet, no Congressional Republicans have responded.
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette tweeted:
The Trump admin is formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement today. The House has passed legislation to block this disastrous move, but the Senate refuses to act.— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) November 4, 2019
If we’re going to save the ONLY planet we have, we must #ActOnClimateNow! pic.twitter.com/I7vInNp2XI
U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse: "As communities across our country experience dangerous wildfires, flooding, extreme weather events and costly impacts, we need bold leadership on climate.
"Instead, this Administration is choosing to abandon our commitments and abdicate our leadership position."
U.S. Rep. Jason Crow: "Refusing to address a problem won’t make it go away. We need to restore America’s leadership on the global stage and take action on climate change. Today’s decision to formally leave the Paris Climate Agreement is a step in the wrong direction. Our children are counting on us."
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: "President Trump’s rationale for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on economic grounds shows his utter incompetence and misunderstanding of the American economy, and his complete disregard for the serious threat climate changes poses."
Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper: "This is downright reckless. Our planet’s health, economic well-being, communities, and national security are all at risk. As your senator, I will fight to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and reverse Donald Trump and Cory Gardner’s dangerous policies."
Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff: "More gaseous emissions from a toxic source — an administration hellbent on sabotaging science, surrendering global leadership & steering the world to ecological oblivion. We desperately need both a new president & a new Senate majority committed to#ClimateAction & a #GreenNewDeal."