Sutherland: Statement on U.S. withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord


PULLMANMatt Sutherland, 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 5th Congressional District, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's announcement of the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords:

"Today, President Trump formally announced the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords at 3 p.m. EST this afternoon. This ill-planned and short-sighted move will have long-term consequences for both United States foreign relations and the path to solving climate change. Over 190 nations signed this landmark accord to work together as a global community to solve this pressing issue. As a nation, we have been placed on the wrong side of history; this decision leads us down the path to irreparable harm to our families and the children of generations to come. Twenty-five major U.S. corporations signed a letter urging President Trump not to withdraw the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, including giants like Facebook, Apple and Google. They were ignored. There’s only one Earth. We cannot simply walk away from the best of saving it.

Unlike our President, I believe in climate change. I also believe that refining plans for a Green New Deal with the creation of more renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions doesn’t have to be obscenely expensive. We can work together because when the government, hard-working citizens and businesses cooperate, we create sustainable solutions that everyone agrees with. Twenty-five major corporations signed a letter today in protest of the White House’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, which shows businesses are willing to work with government and private citizens. Solving complex issues isn’t easy and it shouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. It’s more important than ever that we elect a Democratic Congress because it’s clear that the 115th Congress and White House does not represent our values or have our best interests in mind."