2017-06-07 / News

W.Va. officials approve of withdrawal from global climate agreement

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued this statement about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is the right decision for the American economy and workers in West Virginia and across the country.

“West Virginians have suffered tremendous economic calamity as a result of the Obama administration’s anticoal agenda, and President Obama should not have unilaterally committed the United States to an international climate agreement without the consent of the Senate.

“Together with signing a resolution of disapproval to void the Obama administration’s anti-mining stream protection rule, and his decision to reevaluate the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rules, today’s action further demonstrates that President Trump is standing with our West Virginia workers and businesses to keep jobs in our state.

“Moving forward, it is important that we keep working to advance new technologies that improve the environment as we continue to utilize our coal and natural gas reserves more efficiently.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) also released a statement on the President’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“While I believe that the United States and the world should continue to pursue a cleaner energy future, I do not believe that the Paris Agreement ensures a balance between our environment and the economy.

“To find that balance, we should seek agreements that prioritize the protection of the American consumer as well as energy-producing states like West Virginia, while also incentivizing the development of advanced fossil energy technologies.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hailed the decision as well.

Morrisey led a 10-state coalition in urging the Trump Administration to withdraw from the agreement that had the potential to undermine President Trump’s fight against overregulation.

In their letter to President Trump, the states argued that the Paris agreement stood as a symbol of the Obama-era “Washington knows best” approach to governing.

The letter also explained that the so-called Clean Power Plan was the linchpin of the United States’ involvement in the Paris agreement, and therefore, President Trump’s decision to dismantle the Power Plan supported the need to withdraw.

West Virginia signed the letter with attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

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This press release is missing

This press release is missing some important information. First, withdrawing from this Paris Climate Agreement will not make any difference to coal sales or coal mining jobs in the U.S. Coal sales are not dropping because of some government action, they're dropping because natural gas and renewables are cheaper than coal. The supporters of this withdrawal from an agreement by 195 countries, (AKA the entire world), need to man-up and call it what it was - a big middle finger to our former president and the rest of the world just because he can, without regard for the world our grandchildren will inherit. It also failed to mention that all contributions to the Green Climate Fund by any nation are TOTALLY voluntary and set by the country itself. By the way "Washington knows best" used to be called "leadership".