As President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement on his first day, Senator Ted Cruz reiterated Donald Trump’s US-centric climate rhetoric.
Cruise, R-Texas, said A tweet By returning the United States to the International Climate Agreement late on Wednesday, Biden pointed out that he was “more concerned with the views of Pittsburgh citizens than with the views of Paris citizens.”
When Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the treaty, the biggest international effort to curb climate change, he said in 2017: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
Trump said the deal was detrimental to the United States as part of his broader strategy to relax restrictions on domestic oil, gas and coal producers. The United States is the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China.
On Wednesday Cruz’s comment met with criticism on Twitter, with users openly pointing out: the Paris Agreement is a multinational effort.
France was one of the 196 participants in the 2015 agreement, which aims to keep the average global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) “very low.”
The The Geneva Convention, A set of protocols for regulating the armed conflict, takes its origin in Geneva, Switzerland, but it is recognized by every country in the world.
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Ocacio-Cortez introduced a major policy resolution called the “Green New Deal”, which called on the United States to tackle climate change by moving fossil fuels in 2019, but it was defeated in the Senate.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto also responded to Cruz on Twitter, That: “Let’s go again”
Swedish climate activist Greta Dunberg Inquired In an outspoken note about Cruz’s tweet: “Glad the United States finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Come back!”
Meanwhile, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Den., Criticized Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement. In a tweet This will cost American jobs and “force homes and small businesses to pay higher utility bills.” It is unclear what the costs of re-joining the deal will be for the US – if any – for Americans, or how it will affect utility bills.
Biden’s rejoining the Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a major policy shift for the United States in the international arena, but he is already facing a pushback domestically.
Minutes after Biden signed an executive order to re-enter the deal on Wednesday, a group of Republican senators called on Biden to submit his plan to re-engage the United States to lawmakers for “review and consideration.”
The senators’ action reflects deep political divisions over climate policy that could undermine Biden’s ambitious $ 2 trillion climate plan.
Reuters contributed to this report.