Today President Biden committed the United States to a new climate goal that aims to achieve a 50% to 52% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. This goal is a part of the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Representative David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) released a statement upon the announcement of this goal:
"Once again President Biden has failed to realize the consequences of his actions. In the rush to meet this unrealistic goal, he will destroy livelihoods, disrupt families, decimate communities, increase utility bills, and threaten the stability of the grid. All for what? China and other major emitters will continue to increase their emissions, meaning we will still face extreme weather and other effects of climate change."
"Both Republicans and Democrats agree that we need to reduce carbon emissions. But we believe it should be done in a way that's not harmful to the American people. Through investments in innovative technology, like carbon capture, we can make our energy resources cleaner while retaining American jobs."
"Climate change is a global challenge and requires a global solution. President Biden's decision to commit the U.S. to a drastic carbon emission goal will only hamper our global competitive edge. China's promises to eventually decrease their emissions is not worth the paper it's written on. Yet, America will inflict real damage on real people by rushing headlong towards this goal."
Representative McKinley continues to be outspoken against the flawed Paris Climate Agreement. In January, McKinley introduced a resolution that highlighted the fundamental flaws in the Paris Climate Agreement. This resolution had 14 other original cosponsors.
Additionally, McKinley is a cosponsor on the Paris Transparency and Accountability Act, which will help ensure that we can win the future without adding costly burdens resulting from the Paris Climate Accord.
For more about the Paris Climate Agreement resolution, click here.
For more on the Paris Transparency and Accountability Act, click here.