Conservatives Applaud Trump for Keeping His Promise to Withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

By Melanie Arter | June 1, 2017 | 8:04pm EDT


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( - President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord on Thursday was praised by conservatives for keeping the promise he made on the campaign trail.

“Tea Party Patriots thanks President Donald Trump for continuing to keep the promises he made during the campaign by announcing the United States will withdraw from the Paris Accord, which is a drag on our economy and a bad deal for American workers,” Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots said in a statement.

“Once again, President Trump has continued to keep his word to the American people both on specific initiatives like the Paris Accord and his broader promise to put our citizens and America first,” she said.

As reported, the president announced Thursday his decision to withdraw from the agreement, saying it hamstrings the U.S. economy and its workers and gives an unfair economic advantage to foreign countries, like China and India, who aren’t held to the same standards.

"For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years - 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years - not us," he said. "India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. There are many other examples, but the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."

Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and former member of the Trump presidential transition team, who is currently a board member of the National Taxpayers Union, also praised the president for putting “America’s interests first.”

“The Paris climate agreement was a bad deal negotiated by the Obama administration, which would cost American jobs and economic growth, while requiring little of the countries who are causing the most pollution,” Blackwell said.

“Through free market innovation, the US is already making great strides in reducing emissions, while providing affordable energy to our citizens.  The last thing we need is another meaningless international agreement where the US makes all the sacrifices and carrying the cost of other nations, with little actual impact on the climate,” he added.

The Club for Growth applauded the president’s decision, saying, “For far too long the Obama Administration allowed foreign governments and alarmist environmentalists to dictate, not only climate change policy, but worse our nation’s economic policy.”

“President Trump’s decision sends a strong message to the environmentalist movement: no longer will the United States be strong armed by their scare tactics intended to harm our economy and inhibit economic growth,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

“With this announcement, President Trump takes a significant step toward putting American taxpayers and businesses back in the driver’s seat. We encourage the President to continue to take actions that will unleash economic growth and create more American jobs and opportunities,” McIntosh added.

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