Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords:
“The President and his administration are right to have a healthy concern about the economic costs of complying with the Paris goals and other climate change driven policies. But the Paris accord is a political agreement and commitments are voluntary and may be amended. That’s why I joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House economic council director Gary Cohn and others in the Trump Administration in the belief that it is in our best national interests to remain at the table to ensure a constructive role in negotiating the best deal for America concerning the future of global energy production and consumption and their effect on economic development and climate.
“The United States leads the world in energy efficiency and innovation. And as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee I remain committed to enacting public policy that supports both a strong economy and clean environment, regardless of today’s executive action.”