June 02, 2017

Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after President Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.  

“When I was growing up my soccer coach talked about the importance of being in the game,” said Kilmer. “It’s shameful that when it comes to the climate challenge our world faces, the United States is going from being a captain to riding the bench with only two other countries – Syria and Nicaragua. This is not the time for our nation to step away from the world stage. Just look at our region. Tribal members and coastal homeowners facing rising waters, shellfish growers watching changing ocean chemistry hurt their operations, and firefighters wrestling with more severe fires will tell you climate change is here. President Trump should listen to the American people who are not just demanding action – but leadership to counter the impacts of climate change.”