Pelosi: Trump's Actions Aren't Just Harming The Present - He's Threatening The Future

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced a decision that sent shock waves through the Democratic Party. He withdrew America from the Paris Climate Agreement. Within 24 hours, politicians across the country have weighed in on the decision. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Trump for the move.

Trump's announcement on Thursday revealed his reasoning behind the momentous move. " The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States, to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production," the president explained.

He added later, "Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates."

Pelosi, who has been a big supporter of the U.S. staying with the PCA, had nothing but complaints about the move. Some of her concerns got personal, as she brought the future of Trump's grandchildren into the mix.

“The question I have for Donald Trump, as a mother … of five and a grandmother of nine, is how is he ever going to explain to his grandchildren what he did to the air they breathe — assuming they breathe air. And I have to assume that is the case,” Pelosi said at a press briefing in the Capitol on Friday morning.

“What happened yesterday on the climate issue is an embarrassment to our country, and it should be an embarrassment to him personally for how he answers to his grandchildren,” Pelosi added.

Pelosi went as far as to say that pulling out of the agreement 'dishonors God'.

Pelosi has always been progressive when it comes to climate bills. In 2010, she pushed a bill through the House that she was warned would be a political liability to Democrats in rural areas. In the following election, Democrats lost 63 sheets, and Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, had to hand her gavel over to Republicans. Adding insult to injury, even though the bill cleared the House, it never got any action in the Senate and was essentially brushed aside and forgotten.

While Democrats like Pelosi have been grumbling over the president’s announcement and wringing their hands about the future, Republicans have been cheering the withdrawal from the PCA.

“By withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump has freed America from a bad deal that would cost billions of dollars but have little significant environmental benefit,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) in a statement. “Former President Obama bypassed Congress when he agreed to the deal, putting our nation at an economic disadvantage and imposing huge burdens on American families and businesses. President Trump’s decision will allow America to move forward with policies based on sound science and smart cost-benefit analyses to ensure Americans don’t bear the brunt of the all-pain, no-gain policies of the previous administration.”

Source: The Hill
Photo: Nancy Pelosi/Flickr

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