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Cole Statement on U.S. Reentering Paris Climate Agreement

February 19, 2021
Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Joe Biden officially reentered the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement.

“President Biden’s decision to unilaterally rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States is a disservice to the American people and step backward for our long-term energy security. Choosing to reenter an agreement without renegotiating its terms or even attempting to involve Congress will lock in inequitable mandates that favor China ahead of our own country. The result will weaken our economy, eliminate vital American jobs and undercut American energy independence, putting our energy supply at the mercy of foreign countries and adversaries that do not have our best interests at heart.

“While I believe climate change is real and needs to be addressed, it should be done in such a way that is collaborative with Congress and results in internationally equitable terms. That is not the path President Biden has chosen to take.”