U.S. Rep. Brian Babin issued the following statement today in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Paris Climate Change Agreement that was negotiated under the Obama Administration:

"I applaud President Trump for standing up for the interests of the American worker and withdrawing from the United Nation’s Paris Climate Change Agreement. This agreement, which was never ratified by the Senate, was poorly negotiated by the Obama Administration and is simply a bad deal for the American people. It punishes hardworking Americans with higher energy costs, fewer jobs and smaller paychecks while providing virtually no meaningful benefit to the environment and doing very little to hold the world’s top polluters, like China, accountable.

“Furthermore, it would uniquely hurt the people of the 36th District of Texas by threatening the many good-paying jobs provided by our area’s petrochemical and refining facilities. While this decision will not sit well with out-of-touch liberal politicians and pro-U.N. globalists, President Trump was elected to put American workers first and turn back such bad deals that undermine U.S. competitiveness and jobs."

In light of the President’s announcement, Representative Weber issued the following statement:

"The Paris Climate Accord was poorly negotiated from the beginning. It would have cost the U.S. billions of dollars and needlessly stifled economic growth- increasing unemployment and energy prices and impoverishing more people. All of our efforts would reduce temperatures by only three one-hundredths of a degree Celsius.

We do not need an agreement in order to protect the environment. If we focus on sound science and good regulatory design, we have the opportunity to let technology and innovation protect our environment without costly and ineffective government mandates.
I applaud the President for recognizing a bad deal when he sees one and for keeping his word for put America first."