Orlando’s Congressional Delegation is sounding off on their disapproval of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Trump made the announcement on Thursday afternoon from the White House.
House Representatives Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings and Darren Soto have all commented on the decision.
“By walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement, we are sending a strong message of indifference to our allies around the world.” said Demings “Surrounded by coastlines, Florida knows the impact climate change and rising sea levels have on our homes, businesses and tourism. Additionally, Florida ecosystems, such as the Everglades, the Ten Thousand Islands, and the Big Bend coastline are already exhibiting signs of sea-level stress. We have a moral obligation to protect our natural resources for our children, their children and the generations to come. Our nation has to continue to be a global leader on Climate change.”
“The United States should not only be a part of any international discussion on the environment, it should be a leader. Despite the president’s decision, I will continue working with Republicans and Democrats to find clean energy solutions that create jobs, preserve our natural resources and protect clean air and water for our families.” said Murphy.
“We saw today, it looks like America is taking a step back from leadership.” said Soto, who anticipated the withdraw on Wednesday night while addressing supporters at a campaign event “We’ve traditionally lead on these issues. One of the things we need to continue to believe is that making American great and keeping it great is leadership at home and abroad.”
The trio joins Senator Bill Nelson who said the decision puts Floridians living on the coast at risk.
Trump called the deal “unfair” for American companies and workers, saying the accord takes jobs away from the U.S by limiting their operations in industries like coal and steel, while allowing countries like India and China to continue their production. The President also cited the Green Climate fund which the United States could potentially contribute billions to without any revenues being drawn from other countries. The President did leave the door open to renegotiate and potentially reenter the deal on different terms.