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Getting Out of the Paris Accord and What It Means Back Home in Indiana

One Republican rep talks about coal jobs in southern Indiana and the cost to the country.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Pres. Donald Trump has decided to begin the process of pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. That decision had Indiana Republicans praising Trump's decision, though Democrats have been highly critical, pointing out that 195 nations are part of the agreement.

"We're getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine," said Trump, during a news conference in Washington.

Indiana Republicans say...

“President Trump made the right decision by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.  We can all acknowledge that human activity has an impact on the environment, even if very small compared to natural cycles and events, and we need to be good stewards of the planet God has given us," said Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th Dist.).  

"Even if we could isolate global temperature changes as tied to human activity alone, nothing proposed in this agreement would have any meaningful impact on global temperatures.  Countries like China, and other developing nations, are still going to pump carbon into the atmosphere and they will gladly watch us damage our economy and put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage," said Rokita.

A raw deal

Rep. Jim Banks (R-3rd-Dist.) said he believes the agreement was too expensive for America.

“With cost estimates as high as $750 billion, the Paris agreement imposes an extremely expensive burden without moving the needle on greenhouse gas emissions," said Banks. 

"From the start, this agreement bypassed Congress and was more about President Obama's political climate agenda than sound science. I am glad President Trump is following through on his campaign promise and pulling the United States out of this flawed agreement. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Science Committee to develop real solutions based on science, not politics, to address these issues," said Banks.

Indiana coal jobs

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-8th Dist.) said he believes the accord would hit jobs in southern Indiana and he pushed for the U.S. to withdraw in 2015.

“Estimates show the agreement could cost 6.5 million American jobs and devastate areas like Southern Indiana where families rely on the coal industry. Not to mention, we were committed to this agreement – what should be considered a treaty – unilaterally by President Obama, without the advice and consent of the Senate,” said Bucshon. 

“The American people should decide the direction of our domestic energy policy, not foreign nations. I’m happy the President took a strong stand today to ensure they do.” 

Vice-Pres. Mike Pence said he believes the withdrawal, which could take several years, is the fulfillment of a campaign promise by Trump, that will put Americans and American jobs first.

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