McKinley Leads Resolution Highlighting Flaws in Paris Climate Agreement
On Day One President Biden Announced Intention to Return to Climate Deal That Advantages China and Other Major Emitters
Washington, January 22, 2021
Tags: Energy & Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (R-WV) introduced a resolution highlighting the fundamental flaw in the Paris Climate Agreement that allows major economies like China to continue increasing emissions while America is subject to a more stringent standard.
On his first day in office, President Biden used his executive authorities to reenter the United States into the Paris Agreement.
“Climate change is a global challenge and requires a global solution,” said McKinley. “But any agreement that gives major emitters like China a pass is simply window dressing.
“As John Kerry himself has noted, the United States could totally stop using coal, gas, and oil and it wouldn’t be enough unless the rest of the world joined in,” said McKinley. “We would still experience wildfires on the West Coast, droughts in the Midwest and hurricanes on the East Coast.”
“America has already reduced its carbon emissions significantly over the past two decades,” said McKinley. “We need to play a leading role in developing the innovation on carbon capture and other technologies that can be deployed around the world to reduce emissions. However, entering into an agreement that fails to hold many of the largest emitters in the world accountable will only put our economy at a disadvantage for no gain.”The resolution was introduced with 14 original co-sponsors.