Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement responding to reports that President Trump plans to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:
"The president's reported decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is yet another reckless abdication of American leadership on the global stage by this Administration. Over 150 countries have committed to combatting the effects of climate change in meaningful and unprecedented ways. This decision was no doubt informed by extremists in the White House like Steve Bannon whose lies about the Paris Agreement have been widely disproven and discredited by legal experts and scientists.
"Climate change presents the greatest threat humankind has ever known. We simply cannot afford to let this president unravel the progress on climate change we've made as a nation and a global community. Retreating from the global climate effort would damage our diplomatic credibility, set the U.S. further behind in the clean energy movement and devastate countless communities and ecosystems in the United States. Once again, the recklessness and ignorance of this president have dealt an irreparable blow to our planet and American leadership."