Au revoir, Paris

American Energy Alliance celebrates President Trump’s continued leadership on U.S. withdrawal from lopsided climate agreement

WASHINGTON DC (November 5, 2019) – Today, the American Energy Alliance (AEA) cheered the announcement that the Trump administration was making formal steps to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Since nearly the moment it was announced more than four years ago, AEA has been advocating that the United States depart from this ill-advised, misleading, and ineffective arrangement that committed U.S. taxpayers to billions of dollars while doing  virtually nothing to protect the environment.
According to the models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the economic costs of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to hit the Paris targets are greater than the expected costs of environmental damage from climate change. This is true when looking at all representative pathways, even the worst-case scenario modeled. In other words, the IPCC consensus science is that compliance with the Paris minimum target of 2 degrees Celsius—let alone the more ambitious 1.5 degrees goal—would be more harmful than the environmental cost of doing nothing.
Furthermore, as evidenced by recent documents uncovered by the watchdog group Government Accountability & Oversight, it was probably unlawful to enter into the treaty in the first place. 
Tom Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance, issued the following statement in reaction to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s announcement:

“President Trump promised to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Today, by submitting the formal notification of its withdrawal of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations, the president took another important step towards ending American participation in this costly and unpopular U.N. climate scheme. The Paris Agreement was a bad deal for the U.S. and another in a long line of “America last” energy policies put forward by the previous administration. President Trump stood up to the climate bullies here and across the globe when he promised to withdraw from an agreement with no redeeming value fo the United States. Today was another important step towards fulfilling that promise.” 

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