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JHB agrees with Trump, the Paris climate agreement was a bad deal

On Dec. 12, 2015, officials from more than 190 nations made a pact: they would cut down on emissions, adopt green energy sources and generally try to limit the increase in the world’s global temperatures.

And as we all know now, President Trump recently announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The President said the agreement was a raw deal for the U.S. and posed a threat to the nation’s economy.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler agreed with the President’s belief the agreement would hurt the nation’s employers and pulling out of the accord was the right call.

“The U.S. Senate must ratify any treaty into which our country enters, but the previous administration circumvented this step when it signed the U.S. up for the Paris climate agreement. I believe the challenges posed by this agreement – a $3 trillion cost to our employers and economy, up to 6.5 million jobs forgone, and billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars committed to a “Green Climate” slush fund through the U.N. – would have made such approval by Congress very difficult,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement.

“The current administration was well aware of these challenges when it decided to pull out of the agreement. The president’s decision, however, does not compromise our obligation to be good stewards of our environment, protect our natural resources and serve as a global leader in clean energy.”

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .