FAIRFAX, VA — Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord:
“Today, the American people owe a debt of gratitude to President Trump, for putting America first and telling foreign powers no more. No more concessions. No more kowtowing. No more economic suicide pacts. A new day has come of prioritizing American interests on the world stage, and President Trump will be remembered decades from now as setting the U.S. on a new path of prosperity — by leaving the Paris agreement on the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
“In exiting the Paris Treaty, President Trump has made good on his campaign pledge to put America first. Obama’s bad climate deal endangered the future growth of the U.S. economy and millions of jobs that Americans need to provide for their families, and in leaving the agreement, President Trump has established his own doctrine, that the federal government’s first responsibility is to the American people, not to foreign interests. The consequence of the Paris agreement was to simply shift production, growth and jobs to emerging markets overseas when there too many working families that are hurting here at home.
“Fortunately, President Trump has not forgotten that it was working families — in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and across the country in our industrial base — who depend on there being real, good-paying jobs in order to make ends meet. These workers supported him in 2016, and the President’s commitment to pull out of the Paris climate accord was one of the most important promises made to the American people, a part of his very reason for being President, which was to stop the bad deals that are killing the American economy.
“Under Paris, the jobs we need to create cannot exist here. Under Paris, we cannot increase manufacturing here and we cannot get coal miners back to work. Under Paris, we cannot expand our power grid and rid ourselves of these self-inflicted regulatory wounds. Paris was an obstacle to getting Americans back to work, and for that reason alone it had to go.”