Langevin Votes to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Agreement

May 2, 2019 Issues: Armed Services, Energy & Environment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that prohibits the Trump Administration from following through on its stated intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Yesterday, Langevin spoke on the House floor in support of the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 231-190.

“Climate change is real, and if we don’t take bold action now, the long-term health of our planet will be in jeopardy. In addition to the threats a warming climate poses to public health and our local economies, it also creates a wide range of national security concerns for our armed forces. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m working to ensure our military is properly preparing for the effects of climate change.

“Yet despite the magnitude and urgency of climate issues, President Trump still intends to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement. As Americans, we rise to meet challenges; we don’t walk away from them. Turning our backs on the nations of the world by abandoning this landmark agreement would be a grave mistake and would compromise global efforts to create a sustainable low-carbon future.

“Fortunately, the earliest date the U.S. can legally pull out of the Paris Agreement is November 2020. I was proud to support the bill passed by the House today to reaffirm America’s commitment to the agreement and ensure the President cannot use federal funds to advance his withdrawal efforts. We must act on climate. Time is of the essence.”