Pelosi says ‘we’re still in’ Paris agreement at UN climate conference, despite Trump’s withdrawal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems a little confused about the official U.S. position on a global climate change agreement.

At a United Nations summit on Monday, the California Democrat assured world leaders that the United States “is still in” on global efforts to fight climate change, appearing to disregard President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

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“This is a mission, this is a passion, this is a scientifically-based approach, to all,” Pelosi said at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate in Madrid.

“We are here to say to all of you, on behalf of the House of Representatives and the Congress of the United States, we’re still in it,” she added, apparently referring to the ongoing involvement of Congress in climate change.

But the president last month began the year-long process of officially withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the 2015 agreement signed by former President Obama which held the U.S. to a required reduction in emissions of about 28 percent by 2025.

“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement last month. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”

Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Rep. Kathy Castor joined Pelosi’s delegation of Democratic U.S. lawmakers at the conference, and shared about efforts in the House, including a climate plan currently being developed in her committee.

Earlier this year, the Florida Democrat had introduced legislation that was intended to ensure U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement.

“Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation,” Pelosi said in a statement ahead of the trip to Spain.

“On behalf of the U.S. Congress, I am proud to travel to COP25 to reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis,” she added.

The president is not scheduled to attend the summit but is, instead, headed to London to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.

Trump took a jab at “Do Nothing Democrats” as he departed Monday.


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