Durbin: ‘Planet is at Risk Because This President and His Party Have Broken With Every Nation on Earth in Their Opposition to Responsibly Address Climate Change’

By CNSNews.com Staff | February 6, 2019 | 3:12pm EST
Sen. Dick Durbin (Getty Images/Al Drago)

(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) sent out a Tweet after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night accusing Trump and the Republican Party of putting Earth at risk for breaking with all other nations on climate change.

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate that President Barack Obama had unilaterally entered into.

“Our planet is at risk because this President and his party have broken with every nation on Earth in their opposition to responsibly address #climagechange,” Durbin said in his Tweet.

President Obama never presented the Paris Agreement to the U.S. Senate for ratification, where, under the U.S. Constitution, it would have required a two-thirds majority (or 67 of 100 senators) for ratification.

“In 2015,” said the Congressional Research Service, “Parties to the UNFCCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] in Paris, France, adopted the Paris Agreement (PA). The PA builds upon the Convention and—for the first time—brings all nations into a common framework to undertake efforts to combat climate change, adapt to its effects, and support developing countries in their efforts. The PA also reiterates the obligation in the Convention for developed country Parties, including the United States, to seek to mobilize financial support to assist developing country Parties with climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

“On June 1, 2017,” the Congressional Research Service reported, “President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the PA.”


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