Pingree Statement Affirming Importance of U.S. Commitment to Paris Agreement
In light of news reports that President Trump is expected to pull out of the 2015 International Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement:
"More than 1,000 businesses, including multi-national fossil fuel companies, and nearly 200 nations agreed to work together in order to address the greatest man-made crisis of our time. If we retreat from the Paris Agreement, we will not only undermine America’s pledge to stand united in the fight against climate change, we will turn our backs on future generations who will suffer the consequences of unchecked greenhouse gas emissions. In Maine, we already see the harmful effects of climate change—rapidly rising temperatures are causing higher rates of tick-borne illness, warming oceans are threatening our economy by causing fish and lobster to migrate, and rising sea levels are jeopardizing coastal communities. Walking away from the Paris Agreement is perilous for America, Maine, and our future."