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Rand Paul Defends Trump's Decision To Pull Out Of Paris Accord - Showcases Partisan Divide

President Trump sparked criticism and praise on Thursday when he announced the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Newsmax reported that Sen. Rand Paul was among those who agreed with the decision. In a Fox News interview, the Kentucky Republican called the 195-nation agreement “a disaster for American jobs.” He explained: “One of the things that I think President Trump has been really good on is being concerned about American jobs and not signing international agreements that would put us at an economic disadvantage. There have been estimates from independent third parties that say we could lose over 6 million jobs. It’s just not fair.”

Paul continued: “Why would we sign an agreement that puts us at an economic disadvantage? The agreement says we need to reduce our carbon output by 20 percent, but China doesn’t have to do anything for the next 20 years. How in the world could that possibly be fair? … This accord, this agreement that President Obama signed, is bad for our country and bad for American jobs.”

The pact calls for countries to set voluntary, non-binding goals for reducing emissions and taking other actions to moderate the effects of climate change. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan described the agreement as “a raw deal for America” that was “signed by President Obama without Senate ratification.” He claimed the accord “would have driven up the cost of energy, hitting middle-class and low-income Americans the hardest.”

Fox News reported that others who support Trump’s action include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “I applaud President Trump and his administration for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration’s assault on domestic energy production and jobs,” McConnell said. “By withdrawing from this unattainable mandate, President Trump has reiterated his commitment to protecting middle-class families across the country and workers throughout coal country from higher energy prices and potential job loss.”

Cruz issued a statement that read: “I commend President Trump for putting American jobs first. This is great news for the Texas economy and for hardworking Americans all across our country. The Paris agreement would have destroyed $3 trillion in American GDP and killed 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040, while even EPA’s own models conclude that it will have a negligible impact on global temperatures.”

Democrats appeared united in their condemnation of Trump. Obama claimed the United States is now one of “a small handful of nations that reject the future.” Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted: “We’re already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils U.S. security and our ability to own the clean energy future.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters: “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a devastating failure of historic proportions. It’s now crystal clear President Trump is comfortable both ceding the moral high ground and the economic upper to hand to countries like China, and endangering the future of our planet.”

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, added: “Pulling out of the Paris accord defies the overwhelming support for action from credible scientists, the governments of 194 different countries and many religious groups. Faith leaders from Pope Francis to the evangelical community have urged us to act to preserve the beauty of God’s creation.”

Source: Newsmax
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