By PF Staff
Washington, DC. – Last Tuesday, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (IL-10) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the Produce All Relevant Information to Safeguard (P.A.R.I.S.) Climate Act. The timing of the bill introduction coincides with the United Nations Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Poland.
“The Trump Administration is stubbornly set on ignoring the science of climate change and slowing our transition to renewable sources of energy,” said Congressman Schneider. “The recently released National Climate Assessment illustrates that time is running out to curb emissions and address the climate threat to our economy, nation, and planet. Our legislation would require the Administration to answer for its wrong-headed decision to unilaterally withdraw from the international Paris Agreement. I will continue to work with Congressman McEachin and my colleagues to put the United States on a path to lower emissions and reengagement with the international community.”
“Climate change poses an existential threat to the world as we know it, and preventing that change is one of the most pressing issues we face. Public health, environmental quality, and our economy are at risk if we do not act. Several international and domestic reports have confirmed the urgency of our situation, and this administration must use the facts we have to protect the American people and everyone with whom we share this one Earth,” said Congressman McEachin. “Three years after the signing of the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference, Congressman Schneider and I introduced the P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act because we know the Paris Agreement was a crucial step toward ensuring our world is livable and healthy, and science shows our withdrawal endangers that precious goal.”
The P.A.R.I.S. Climate Act makes clear Congress is concerned about consequences of climate inaction outlined in the National Climate Assessment. This legislation would also require the Secretary of State to regularly publish a public assessment that highlights the damaging consequences of the Trump Administration’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The bill would require the Administration to answer:
1.- How many parties have formally indicated an intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement?
2.- Does the State Department have a reasonable expectation that any parties may pursue withdrawal in the next year? If so, which, and for what reasons?
3.- Has the U.S. established specific terms for re-engagement with the Paris Agreement, per stated administration policy?