NRDC President: Trump’s “Grave Mistake” on Paris Hurts America

WASHINGTON — President Trump has announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the global accord to fight the dangers of climate change approved by nearly 200 nations in 2015.

Following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This is a grave and grievous mistake that hurts our country—starting now.

“Trump’s extremism has isolated us from the global coalition we helped to create—with China, Germany, India, Japan and 190 other countries—to fight the central environmental challenge of our time. He’s sidelined American workers in the clean energy boom that's remaking the global economy. And he’s abandoned our children to climate catastrophe.

“It’s on the rest of us now—state and local officials, business leaders, citizens, educators, consumers, activists and congressional members who grasp the stakes for our future—to keep the promise of Paris alive.”

Read about the benefits of climate action here, in blog by NRDC's Kevin Steinberger:


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