U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement after President Trump's decision to pull out of the landmark, 195-signatory Paris Climate Accord:
"The United States, the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter, will not dissolve the 195-nation pact with the decision to pull out. However, this action sets off a chain of events that will have profound effects on the planet. The Paris Climate Accord is a historic international agreement that brought the world together to put a halt to increasing global emissions and address the real effects of climate change.
"The president's decision puts the U.S. at odds with nearly every other nation on earth. In walking away from this agreement, the President is denying scientific truths and removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment.
"The Paris Accord respects our global responsibility to make our planet habitable for future generations. This agreement will inspire future generations to care for our planet collectively and work cohesively with other nations. Cutting carbon pollution is of critical importance in bringing cleaner, more reliable energy to Americans and people around the world. This commitment to protecting our environment would not only cut pollution, but also save families money on their energy bills in the future."