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Topics in the News: Paris Accord


Donald Trump on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Oct 22, 2020)
The Paris Accord is not fair to U.S.

TRUMP: The [Paris Climate Accord], I took us out because we were going to have to spend trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly. When they put us in there, they did us a great disservice, they were going to take away our businesses. I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord, it was so unfair. China doesn't kick in until 2030, Russia goes back to a low standard, and we kicked in right away.

BIDEN: Climate change is an existential threat to humanity. I was able to get environmental organizations--as well as people worried about jobs--to support my climate plan. Because it will create millions of new good paying jobs, we're going to take 4 million buildings and 2 million homes and retrofit them so they don't leak as much energy, saving hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the process and creating significant number of jobs.

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John Hickenlooper on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Oct 10, 2020)
Calls for 100% renewable energy by 2050

Q: Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat, and address by limiting output of greenhouse gases?

John Hickenlooper: Yes. "The defining challenge of our time." Must face with "fierce sense of urgency." Would rejoin Paris Accord; calls for 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Corey Gardner: Mixed. "Humans are contributing to climate change." Will push for clean-tech investments, but voted against cutting carbon emissions from power plants.

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Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Oct 7, 2020)
Carbon-neutral America by 2035

PENCE: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris Climate Accord. They'd impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy and would crush American jobs. President Trump and I believe the progress we have made in a cleaner environment has been happening because we have a free market economy. What's remarkable is the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we've done it through innovation.

HARRIS: Joe understands that the west coast is burning. Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods. Joe is about saying we're going to invest that in renewable energy, which is going to be about the creation of millions of jobs. We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035We will also reenter the Climate Agreement with pride.

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Donald Trump on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Sep 29, 2020)
Rolled back Clean Power Plan; it increased energy prices

Q: When state officials in the West blamed the raging forest fires on climate change, you said, "I don't think the science knows." You have pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. What do you believe about the science of climate change?

TRUMP: If you look at the Paris Accord, it was a disaster from our standpoint. And people are actually very happy about what's going on because our businesses are doing well.

Q: Do you believe that human greenhouse gas emissions contribute to the global warming of this planet?

TRUMP: I think a lot of things do, but I think to an extent, yes. But I also think we have to do better management of our forest. Every year I get the call, "California's burning!" If you had good forest management, you wouldn't be getting those calls.

Q: If you believe in the science of climate change, why have you rolled back the Obama Clean Power Plan which limited carbon emissions?

TRUMP: Because it was driving energy prices through the sky.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Technology Sep 29, 2020)
Good-paying jobs via new green infrastructure

We can get to net zero, in terms of energy production, by 2035. Not only not costing people jobs, creating jobs, creating millions of good-paying jobs. Not 15 bucks an hour, but prevailing wage, by having a new infrastructure that in fact, is green. And the first thing I will do, I will rejoin the Paris Accord, because with us out of it, look what's happening. It's all falling apart.

The rainforests of Brazil are being torn down, are being ripped down. More carbon is absorbed in that rainforest than every bit of carbon that's emitted in the United States. Instead of doing something about that, I would be gathering up and making sure we had the countries of the world coming up with $20 billion, and say, "Here's $20 billion. Stop tearing down the forest. And If you don't, then you're going to have significant economic consequences." It's going to create thousands and millions of jobs. Good paying jobs.

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Jo Jorgensen on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Aug 30, 2020)
No subsidies for energy, withdraw Paris Climate Accords

Q: Limit greenhouse gases or fund renewable energy?

Jo Jorgensen: No "Remove subsidies on all forms of energy production." Favors nuclear energy development and expanded offshore drilling. Withdraw from Paris Climate Accords.

Howie Hawkins: Yes. Supports a Green New Deal to achieve zero-to-negative greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean energy by 2030.

Donald Trump: Climate scientists have "political agenda" risking "millions of jobs." Cut renewables funding. Withdraw US from Paris Agreement.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Environment Mar 15, 2020)
World should give $20B to Brazil to stop burning Amazon

The first thing that President Obama and I were summoned to the Defense Department for was [to hear their assessment that] the single greatest threat to our national security is climate change. Because as populations have to move because they can no longer live where they are, because their islands are sinking--It causes war, it causes great migrations. They said that's the single biggest problem.

In addition, I would immediately rejoin the Paris climate accord, which I helped put together. I would call on the 100 nations, the 100 major polluters, in the first 100 days, to up the ante and make it clear that in fact if they didn't, there'd be a price to pay.

And lastly, I would be right now organizing the hemisphere and the world, to provide $20 billion for the Amazon, for Brazil no longer to burn the Amazon, so they could have forests. They could have farming [but instead of burning, say], "This is what we're going to do." The region is burning out.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Feb 19, 2020)
Eliminate all subsidies for oil and gas

I would eliminate all subsidies for oil and gas. That would save billions of dollars. On day one, when I'm elected president, I'm going to invite all of the members of the Paris Accord to Washington, D.C. They make up 85 percent of the problem. They know me. I'm used to dealing with international relations. I will get them to up the ante in a big way.
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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Foreign Policy Feb 7, 2020)
We must keep our commitments when we make them, like NATO

I was part of putting together the Paris Climate Accord. I brought in the Chinese. I've been part of every major initiative we've had relative to diplomacy. I have not argued for the placement of major numbers of US combat troops. I have said we have to strengthen NATO to make it clear that we keep our commitments when we make them. Like we don't keep our commitments to the Kurds. We must keep our commitments when we make them.
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Deval Patrick on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Feb 6, 2020)
Massachusetts met Paris Climate rules while he was Governor

If Massachusetts were a country and a signatory to the Paris accords, we would have met the goals of the Paris accords six years ago [In 2014, while I was governor].

We went from 900,000 megawatts of alternative energy generation to 4.7 million megawatts of alternative energy, most of it solar, some wind. And in the meanwhile, we created this whole new tech industry, clean tech industry, which was one of the fastest growing in the commonwealth, and one of the reasons why we came out recession faster than most other states.

The only thing we haven't done, and that I am open to, is a carbon tax. I'm open to it. That might be, and some have suggested that's a better idea than a cap-and-trade. But in my view, it works best if we take, just as in the example I offered of the cap-and-trade system, if we use all of the proceeds to plow them into moving us faster to a green future.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Environment Feb 5, 2020)
Will bring polluting country leaders to US to find solutions

85 percent of the pollution that we deal with comes from the rest of the world. I was part of putting together the Paris climate accord. I would immediately rejoin it. And I would immediately bring in the single biggest polluters in the first 100 days to the United States and say, we have to up the ante in how we move forward.
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Mike Bloomberg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jan 20, 2020)
Make climate change a U.S. priority; rejoin Paris Agreement

Mike will immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement, re-assert global leadership by laying out an aggressive plan for U.S carbon reduction, and rally other countries to curb climate change. He will make climate change a priority of U.S. foreign policy. And he will protect the U.S. from climate-related security risks and protect the world's most vulnerable people from the impacts of climate change.

Mike will accelerate the use of clean energy to replace power from fossil fuels. He will set limits on air and water pollution from power plants. He will invest in communities that have suffered most from coal pollution or have been left behind in the transition to clean energy. He will expand incentives to make clean energy affordable for all families. And he will quadruple the federal R&D investment in clean energy and end subsidies for fossil fuels.

Mike will create a national program to invest in upgrading homes and buildings to save energy and reduce pollution.

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Julian Castro on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Sep 4, 2019)
People First, Planet First: net-zero by 2045

Q: What would your first step be in dealing with this climate crisis?

CASTRO: My first executive order will be to rejoin the Paris climate accord so that we lead again on sustainability. But it's actually what comes next after that that is the most important, a series of other executive actions and legislation. Just yesterday I put out a plan called, People First, Planet First. We would make investments to get the United States to net zero by 2045. We would incentivize wind energy production, solar energy production, invest in renewables. We would challenge the rest of the world at latest to get to net zero by 2050. We would institute a carbon pollution fee to help make the investments that we need to make. We would also take executive orders, for instance, prohibiting fossil fuel exploration, permitting of it and extraction on federal lands.

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Beto O`Rourke on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Sep 4, 2019)
Net zero greenhouse emissions on public lands

Q: The first thing that you would do to deal with this climate crisis?

O'ROURKE: Day one, re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement. On that same day, make sure that we lead the world in going well beyond the Paris Climate Agreement. Ensure that we regulate and enforce reduced greenhouse gas emissions from methane, and then get to net zero on public lands by ensuring we have no new oil and gas leases on federally protected lands and offshore areas that are now being drilled today. Those three steps are a great place to start and a good pace to set. And then we follow that up by making sure that we have legally enforceable standards every single year over which no polluter can emit. We make sure that we get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, earlier if we can. And then we protect the most vulnerable communities, those who are on the front lines of climate change and pollution, making sure that we ensure that there's environmental justice in this country.

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Andrew Yang on Paris Accord: (Environment Sep 4, 2019)
Reformulate GDP to account for clean air & clean water

Q: What would you do to deal with this climate crisis?

YANG: The first thing I would do is rejoin the Paris Accords. And then I would we redefine our economic bench marks actually to include environmental sustainability. Because right now, the trap that Democrats are in is that, we're being told that moving towards a green economy is bad for jobs, it's bad for business, and that couldn't be further from the truth. We actually need to redefine our economic measurements to include clean air and clean water and let America.

Q: How do you change that?

YANG: Well the great thing is we made up GPD almost 100 years ago, really. And even the inventor of GPD at the time said this is a terrible measurement for national well-being and we should never use it as that. Let's upgrade it with a new score card that includes our environmental sustainability, health and life expectancy. [Then we won't] fall into this false dichotomy that what's good for the planet is bad for the economy.

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Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Environment Sep 4, 2019)
Declare drinking water emergency on Day One

Q: If you become president on day one, do you declare a national emergency on the climate?

HARRIS: Well, I certainly would declare an emergency--a drinking water emergency. And, if you don't mind, I'm just going to stand. And, also, I think it's critically important that we immediately on day one get back in the Paris agreement. I think it's important that, on day one, we immediately ratify the Kigali agreement in terms of the Montreal Protocol and that amendment. And I think it's critically important, on day one, that we end any fossil fuel leases on public lands. And, that, I'm prepared to do on day one as a matter of executive action.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Free Trade Sep 4, 2019)
Use tariffs to get China to pay the price for pollution

Q: How would you try to get China to lower its emissions?

BIDEN: We have to bring around the rest of the world. When we did the Paris accord that they signed onto, it was agreed that we would constantly up the ante. China is exporting coal technology. They're making the environment much, much worse. There has to be a price that they pay if they do that. That's why I would talk about dealing with them in terms of tariffs. But you've got to get the rest of the world in on the deal to do i

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Andrew Yang on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Aug 9, 2019)
Provide developing countries alternatives to fossil fuels

The first step to any action on climate change is to rejoin the Paris Accords so that we have the moral authority and allies in order to fight the existential threat that is climate change. In order to combat the development of fossil fuel power expanding to developing countries, we have to provide a viable alternative.
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Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 31, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Accord on Day One; carbon neutral by 2030

Gov. Jay Inslee: : Climate change is not a singular issue, it is all the issues that we Democrats care about. It is health. It is national security. It is our economy. The science tells us we have to get off coal in 10 years. We have to have off of fossil fuels in our electrical grid in 15. And we need a president to do it or it won't get done.

Harris: I have to agree with Governor Inslee. We currently have a president in the White House who obviously does not understand the science. The guy thinks that wind turbines cause cancer, but what in fact what they cause is jobs. I would take any Democrat on this stage over the current president of the United States. We must have and adopt a Green New Deal. On day one I would re-enter us in the Paris agreement. And put in place so we would be carbon neutral by 2030.

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Joe Biden on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 31, 2019)
Rejoin and raise standards of Paris Climate Accord

Gov. Jay Inslee: Climate change is not a singular issue, it is all the issues that we Democrats care about. It is health. It is national security. It is our economy. And we know this; middle ground solutions, like the vice president has proposed, are not going to save us.

Biden: There is no middle ground about my plan. We're responsible for 15% of all the pollution in the country. 85% of it is something I helped negotiate; and that is the Paris Climate Accord. I would immediately rejoin that Paris Accord. I would make sure that we up the ante which it calls for. I would be able to bring those leaders together and I would raise the standard. I also invested $400 billion in research for new alternatives to deal with climate change.

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Cory Booker on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 31, 2019)
Climate change is the lens through which we view every issue

[Like President Trump exiting the Paris Climate Accord], there was another president that would not join an international accord. Then it was the Kyoto accords [under President Bush]. I was mayor then. And I stood up in national leadership joining with other mayors to say climate change is not a separate issue. It must be the lens with which we view every issue. Nobody should get applause for rejoining the Paris climate accords. We have to make sure that everything from our trade deals, everything from the billions of dollars we spend to foreign aid, everything must be sublimated to dealing with the climate threat.

Yes, the majority of this problem is outside the United States, but the only way we're going to deal with this is if the United States leads.

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Joe Sestak on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 30, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Accord; US must restore global leadership

I will immediately move to re-join the Paris Climate Accord, and not only work to compel nations to meet their commitments but to increase them. It is absolutely imperative that we restore US global leadership in this critical multilateral effort so that we can collectively disarm the catastrophic threat of climate change. We simply cannot do it alone: the United States can only achieve 15% of the required reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on our own before that time bomb explodes on us.
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Seth Moulton on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 30, 2019)
Need to make climate change a top priority

We need to make clean energy more cost-effective than coal for developing countries.

We should also rejoin the Paris Climate Accord immediately, and we must also go further. If we hope to not only save the planet but also remain the economic and diplomatic leaders of it, we need to make climate change a top priority in our investment, foreign policy, and national security decisions. And we must do so now before it's too late.

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Joe Sestak on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 9, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Accord, ban offshore drilling

As president, Sestak will rejoin the Paris Accord, stop subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, fine carbon polluters with proceeds going to research renewable energy sources and strategies, ban offshore drilling, and give the EPA "full authority to regulate substances (like HFCs) that contribute to global warming."
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Joe Sestak on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 9, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Accord, stop subsidies to fossil fuel industry

As president, Sestak will rejoin the Paris Accord, stop subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, fine carbon polluters with proceeds going to research renewable energy sources and strategies, ban offshore drilling, and give the EPA "full authority to regulate substances (like HFCs) that contribute to global warming."
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Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jun 27, 2019)
Climate crisis represents existential threat to our species

I don't call it climate change. It's a climate crisis. It represents an existential threat to us as a species. And the fact that we have a president who has embraced science fiction over science fact will be to our collective peril. We must confront what is immediate and before us right now. That is why I support a Green New Deal. It is why I will re-enter us in the Paris Agreement, because we have to take these issues seriously.
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Joe Sestak on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jun 23, 2019)
Replace fossil fuel subsidies with fees for carbon polluters

Climate change and environmental collapse are twin problems that threaten the very existence of life as we know it on this planet. Solving them presents our generation with the greatest challenge in human history--and it is imperative that we rise to meet this challenge. The stakes are just too high if we fail.
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Bill de Blasio on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil May 18, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accords

The mayor recently rolled out his Green New Deal-like plan for New York. He also opposes natural gas pipelines and wants the U.S. back in the Paris Climate Accords.
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Steve Bullock on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil May 15, 2019)
Re-enter Paris climate agreement

Bullock has tried to balance the interests of Montana's coal industry with the need to address climate change. He criticized Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Before the Trump administration revoked the Clean Power Plan, Bullock led an effort to comply with the Obama administration initiative to reduce pollution from power plants, but shied away from giving his full-fledged support for the policy.
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Wayne Messam on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2019)
Criticized Trump for quitting Paris Climate Accord

Messam signed a letter that criticized President Trump for his plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
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John Delaney on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

John Delaney: "I would re-enter the Paris Agreement and make the U.S. a global leader in climate policy and new energy technology. With a carbon tax and an investment in negative emissions technology, we can reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and can be at net-zero carbon by 2050."

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Marianne Williamson on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Broad-based federal carbon tax at $60 per ton

Q: Would you keep the US in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Williamson: "Yes."

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

Williamson: "I feel a federal carbon tax is important and is only one tool that we will need to address this imminent threat. The challenge, of course, is how to implement such a tool without irreparably damaging the economy. Many scholars think that a tax should be about $49 or $50 per ton of CO2 -- not more than $60 per ton. Any federal carbon tax should be spread across a broad sector as to not cause the effect to be carried by the consumer at the gas pump or electric meter. Natural gas production that produces methane, which is even worse than CO2 environmentally, should carry some of the burden. The agriculture sector that produces large amounts of methane should carry some of the burden. Funds should be used to retire inefficient equipment, to incentivize zero-carbon-producing technologies and to spur a green economy."

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Amy Klobuchar on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Open to carbon tax, but without increased prices

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Her campaign didn't answer this question, but Ms. Klobuchar said at a CNN town hall-style event: "I will, as first day as the president, sign us back into the international climate change agreement. That is on Day 1."

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax? If so, at what price per ton, and how do you envision the proceeds being used?

Ms. Klobuchar's campaign said she was open to a carbon tax but would not support one that increased prices for lower- and middle-income Americans. It did not provide an on-the-record quote.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Ms. Klobuchar's campaign confirmed that she would restore the Clean Power Plan and gas mileage standards, but did not provide an on-the-record quote.

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Elizabeth Warren on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Return to Paris climate accord, & build on it

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Warren: "I believe we need to return to the Paris climate accord, and then we need to build on it. We need to do far more to reduce global emissions, but we can only do that when we're leading from the front."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Warren: "I have strongly opposed the Trump administration's efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other Obama-era methane limits and vehicle emission standards. As president, I would reverse these rollbacks."

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard?

Warren: "I am an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, which commits the United States to meet 100 percent of our power demand through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources."

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Cory Booker on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus domestic legislation

Q: Would you keep the US in the Paris Agreement?

Booker: "As president, I will immediately move to rejoin the Paris Agreement and to increase our emission reduction targets to align with the scientific consensus for the necessary speed and scale at which we must decarbonize in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed?

Booker: "The Trump EPA is taking actions to gut the Clean Power Plan, to weaken methane limits and to reverse vehicle emissions standards. All of these actions will make climate change worse. As president, I will restore these policies as part of a comprehensive approach to address climate change."

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Booker: "I will both work with Congress to pass comprehensive climate legislation and, when appropriate, use executive powers to address the existential threat posed by global warming."

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Jay Inslee on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement on Day 1

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Inslee: Yes. President Trump's attempt to leave the Paris Agreement was one of the most shameful decisions of a shameful presidency. America can and should be a leader in the global fight against climate change. As president, I will recommit to the Paris accord and work on Day 1 to undo Donald Trump's attacks on international climate progress. We are ready: I am proud to say that within hours of Trump's announcement that he intended to pull the U.S. out of the agreement, I co-founded the U.S. Climate Alliance--a bipartisan coalition of states that are committed to upholding America's contributions to that pact. This alliance now consists of 22 states and Puerto Rico that together comprise over half of America's population and its economy.

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Wayne Messam on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Climate change is not a hoax; we need bold action

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Messam: Yes. Climate change is not a hoax. It affects the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. As president, my administration will make it a priority to lead the world and take bold, direct climate action that will rival the New Deal in scope, rise to the scale of this challenge, and apply the urgency required to get the job done in 10 years. We need bold ideas that will meet the scale of the climate change crisis.

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

Messam: All options will remain on the table to take action on climate change. I will use the bully pulpit and the veto pen to ensure we do not force our children to live under extreme conditions.

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Tim Ryan on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Paris Climate Agreement doesn't go nearly far enough

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Ryan: "Of course, although I don't think the Paris Agreement goes nearly far enough. I don't like when people say, 'Oh, we're going to rejoin Paris,' and Paris is like the gold standard, because that's not anywhere close to what we need to do, and we're learning more every day about just how far behind those goals are. And that's why I think a national effort around innovation is really important."

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

Ryan: "I'm open to it. I haven't made a decision on it."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Ryan: "Yes."

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

Ryan: "I'm open and leaning to support, depending on the details."

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Bernie Sanders on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement & increase targets

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

A: Sanders's campaign confirmed that he would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement and increase emission reduction targets, but did not provide an on-the-record quote.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

A: Sanders's campaign said he would restore Obama-era regulations.

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

A: Sanders's campaign said he would go beyond Obama-era regulations, but did not elaborate or provide an on-the-record quote.

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

A: Sanders's campaign reiterated his support for the Green New Deal, which calls for 100 percent renewable energy.

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Eric Swalwell on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement, with ambitious targets

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Swalwell: "As president, I would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement; this is a global crisis, and we must work with the world to address it. We can aim for more ambitious targets in 2020."

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

Swalwell: "I'm open to exploring the idea of a federal carbon tax. We need to get to a carbon-neutral status, and this could help."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Swalwell: "President Obama was on the right track toward making our country more climate responsible with regulations like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards. I would restore all of the Obama-era regulations that the Trump administration has reversed."

Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Restore Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

A: Yes, she wants to return the U.S. to the Paris deal.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan?

A: Harris's campaign said she wanted to "restore the Clean Power Plan and fully implement the Clean Car Standards."

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard?

A: She is for a national goal for renewable energy.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?

A: Harris's campaign said that as president, she would "invest in clean energy research and infrastructure."

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Kirsten Gillibrand on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus price on carbon

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Gillibrand: "As president, she would rejoin the Paris Agreement. She believes that the United States must lead the international community to set more ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions."

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

Ms. Gillibrand's campaign provided an excerpt from her campaign launch speech: "Addressing a global challenge of this urgency will take massive effort and transformative vision, which is exactly why we should do it. Let's invest in our crumbling infrastructure, create sustainable green jobs, and protect clean air and clean water as a universal human right. And I'd go further than others who support this plan. I'd also put a price on carbon to use market forces to steer companies away from fossil fuels and towards clean and renewable energy."

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Pete Buttigieg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

A: "We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. And there are ways to do it that most Americans would be better off fiscally, because we could return it right back to the American people, but in so doing would help capture the true cost of things that are happening right now, because it's in your and my lifetime that that cost is going to be paid one way or the other." At a rally in Iowa, he said definitively, "We're going to have to have a carbon tax."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?

A: Yes.

Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Tulsi Gabbard on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
2017: Short-sighted to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

Q: As president, would you keep the US in the Paris Agreement?

Ms. Gabbard's campaign responded with a 2017 statement: "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, making us just one of three countries in the world not to participate, is short-sighted and irresponsible. Without global action to drastically curb carbon pollution, climate change threatens the safety and security of the planet, especially in places like Hawaii where we are already experiencing its devastating effects. The US should be leading by example, leveraging innovation through science and technology, investing in clean energy, creating renewable energy jobs that cannot be outsourced, growing the economy, enhancing U.S. energy independence, and lowering energy costs for families and businesses, while reducing carbon emissions. We must continue to persevere and do our part to support efforts in the private sector and at all levels of government to combat climate change."

Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Andrew Yang on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Rejoin rest of world in Paris Climate Agreement

Q: Would you keep the US in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Yang: "Absolutely. America needs to rejoin the rest of the world in formally recognizing the threat posed by climate change and work with all nations to combat this existential crisis. The Paris Agreement doesn't go far enough to mitigate climate change, and the U.S. should be a part of the conversation on what targets are necessary and how we can get to them. Only through something like the Paris Agreement can we effectively tackle this problem. The US accounts for only about 15% of global emissions, so any solution requires other countries to make similar changes. We also need to recognize that our targets probably aren't enough to prevent some of the worst effects of climate change. We need to heavily fund research into geoengineering projects such as carbon capture in order to undo some of the damage we've already done. The U.S. should be a leader in developing this technology."

Click for Andrew Yang on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Beto O`Rourke on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Leverage carbon pricing; use market against climate change

Q: Would you keep the US in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

O'Rourke: Yes. We must reassert our international leadership on this issue before it's too late. We need to build on the Paris climate agreement to achieve even bolder action on climate. Going back to 2015 is not enough. There's a discount, economically and politically, on anything that's decades down the road. So let's not waste time in getting moving fast in the right direction again.

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

O'Rourke: We should leverage carbon pricing and the market in service of our ability to meet this challenge. There are a number of ways you can support pricing carbon into the market: You can do that through standards, the tax code, research and reinvestment. We need transparent, science-based, science-driven carbon pricing to guide our decisions as a democracy, strengthen our communities, support our workers, and unleash a robust market response to climate change.

Click for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

John Hickenlooper on Paris Accord: (Technology Apr 18, 2019)
Public-private partnerships for next-gen energy technology

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research? If so, how much money? Are there specific areas of research you're most interested in funding, and why?

Hickenlooper: Yes. Next-generation clean energy technologies; public-private partnerships.

Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Bill Weld on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 15, 2019)
Would rejoin Paris accords

Weld supports rejoining the Paris climate agreement, according to Boston.com.
Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Julian Castro on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 11, 2019)
Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy

I would recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord. I like the concept of a Green New Deal. We need to invest in renewable energy. We need to drastically cut down carbon emissions. We need to convince other countries around the world to do the same thing.

I'm proud that when I was secretary of housing and urban development, we worked with housing authorities across the United States to improve their embrace of renewable energy, solar energy, other types of renewable energy.

Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Eric Swalwell on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 10, 2019)
Support for Green New Deal and Paris climate accord

Swalwell has˙voiced support for the Green New Deal,˙the progressive climate action bill that House Democrats introduced in February. He has also expressed strong disapproval of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour on 2020 Democratic primary

Mike Gravel on Paris Accord: (Foreign Policy Apr 9, 2019)
No "America alone": re-engage with multilateral institutions

Over the past few years, the United States has systematically left the multilateral institutions of the world. This country cannot afford to commit itself to re-isolation and the "America alone" vision of the world. The only way to sustainable peace and prosperity around the globe is a commitment to engaging in mutual aid with other countries.
Click for Mike Gravel on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website MikeGravel.com

Cory Booker on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear

I support the Green New Deal. When I was mayor, I found out that we can environmentally retrofit buildings, lower our carbon footprint, create good union jobs and apprenticeship programs. Nuclear has to be part of this solution. Next-generation nuclear is so much safer, uses spent fuel rods. One of the first things I do, should I be president, will be rejoining the Paris Climate Accords.
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Beto O`Rourke on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Mar 14, 2019)
Return to Paris climate agreement

Click for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Pete Buttigieg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Mar 10, 2019)
Climate security is priority, invest in renewables

We need our expectations of 21st century security to include the concept of climate security. We've got to make sure we are reducing carbon levels at least to the kinds of commitments that were in the Paris Accord, which we should rejoin immediately when the new president takes office. More investments in renewables are going to be needed. We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. There are ways to do it that most Americans would be better off fiscally.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: back-to-back 2020 presidential hopefuls

Bill Weld on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Mar 5, 2019)
Climate change is real, must be addressed

Q: What about the Paris climate agreement?

A: I think we should rejoin the Paris climate accords and adopt percentages that are consonant with our responsibility. On the issue of climate, there is a divide between the developed nations and lesser- develop, because we've got ours." Again, that's an unattractive point of view.

Q: And the Green New Deal?

A:I've got to study that more than I have. It sounds pretty expensive, and I think some of what's coming out of the left hand of the Democratic Party is probably more than I could sit still for. But I do think that, at bottom, Europe has its monuments and its cathedrals, and we've got our mountains and our valleys and our rivers and our streams, and we better damn well take care of them.

Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: Common Dreams e-zine on 2019 CPAC, "Run Against Trump"

Pete Buttigieg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Feb 15, 2019)
Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal

Buttigieg considers climate change˙a national security threat and a problem that will impact younger Americans and future generations. He supports every U.S. house˙becoming "net zero" consumer of energy, and is in favor of the government subsidizing solar panels. Buttigieg was one of 407 U.S. mayors who˙signed a pact˙to adhere to the Paris climate accord after President Donald Trump pulled out of the international agreement 2017. He supports the "Green New Deal."
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: PBS Newshour on 2020 Democratic primary

Bill Weld on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Feb 15, 2019)
Climate change dangers are real; rejoin Paris Accords

Whether as protection of a fragile ecosystem or as stewardship of God's creation, there is a pressing need to act on climate change. The United States must rejoin the Paris climate accords, and adopt targets consonant with those of other industrialized nations. We must protect our economy, yes, but we must also recognize that increased natural disasters and unfamiliar weather patterns threaten to strip the snow from our White Mountains, and to melt all the mountain glaciers worldwide upon which hundreds of millions of people depend for their only source of water. Europe has its cathedrals and monuments; we have our mountains, canyons, valleys, rivers and streams--and we had damn well better take care of them. Our borders are safe in New Hampshire, but it is not a stretch to say that if climate change is not addressed, our coastlines and those of all other countries will over time be obliterated by storm surge and the melting of the polar ice cap.
Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: Speech in New Hampshire by 2020 presidential hopefuls

Amy Klobuchar on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Feb 10, 2019)
Rejoin Paris climate deal; meet UN goals

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Kamala Harris on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jan 21, 2019)
Don't withdraw from the Paris climate accord

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Julian Castro on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jan 12, 2019)
Rejoin the Paris Climate Treaty

Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Marianne Williamson on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 24, 2018)
Massive effort to combat effects of climate change

Climate change denial is moving irretrievably into the dustbin of history's worst ideas. American citizens--if not yet the majority of politicians currently in power--are ready to embark upon a massive effort to combat the effects not only of catastrophic weather conditions, but also the effects of climate change denial on our environmental and political policies. The American people are being vastly underserved by America's rejection of the Paris Climate Accord.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson, p.178

Donald Trump on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil May 29, 2018)
OpEd: US is only country out of 197 to reject Paris accord

The US government has completely abdicated its role as a leader in the effort to slow and ultimately reverse climate change. In 2017, the Trump administration shocked the world by rejecting the Paris climate agreement--the only country out of 197 to do so. This is bad not only for the environment but also for our economy. We should be positioning ourselves to be the leader in the new energy economy. Instead, our government refuses to acknowledge that climate change is occurring.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p. 81

Mike Bloomberg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2018)
America should be big part of climate solution

Q: Special Envoy to the United Nations for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg tells us he's making good on his pledge to help America's financial commitment to the Paris climate change accords, an international agreement that President Trump pulled out of last year:

BLOOMBERG: If the government is not going to do it, we all have a responsibility. I'm able to do it. So, yes, I'm going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from federal government.

Q: $4.5 million dollars this year. Will you do the same next year?

BLOOMBERG: Hopefully, by then, President Trump will have changed his view.

Q: President Trump has been a huge critic of this Paris climate change accord.

BLOOMBERG: Yes, but he should change his mind and say, "look, there really is a problem here, America is part of the problem, America is a big part of the solution," and we should go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls

Mike Bloomberg on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2018)
If some countries do right thing on climate, we all benefit

Q: One of the criticisms of the Paris climate change accords, is that it's nonbinding. And none of the developed nations who are part of it have actually met their benchmarks.

BLOOMBERG: Look, it's dangerous to keep doing what we're doing. If everybody would do the right thing, yes, it would be better. But if some people or some countries do the right thing, we all benefit from that.

Q: But the criticism is that industrialized nations aren't living up to those pledges.

BLOOMBERG: I can't speak for other nations. All I know is that America, I believe, will meet its commitment by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gasses by an agreed amount. And if we do it, hopefully, other countries will do it as well.

Q: Do you feel like you're filling a leadership gap?

BLOOMBERG: This is what the American public say they want to do. You have got companies and states and individuals all agreeing to step in, report to the United Nations what our progress is, fulfill our commitment to fund part of it.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls

John Hickenlooper on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jul 12, 2017)
Reduce greenhouse gas by 26% by 2025 and 35% by 2030

Gov. Hickenlooper declared that Colorado would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition supporting a global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Hickenlooper's order set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 compared with 2012 levels and by 35 percent by 2030. He maintained that cheap natural gas and increasingly competitive wind and solar power cost would allow the state to achieve the goals, which are similar to those set in the 2015 Paris Accord.

Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race

Donald Trump on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jun 4, 2017)
Withdraw from Paris Agreement, to put America first

Q: On the Paris climate agreement: Pres. Trump said this on the decision to withdraw from the agreement:

(VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: The Paris agreement handicaps the United States' economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country's expense. They don't put America first. I do, and I always will.

(END VIDEO) Q: And here's the argument by the EPA administrator:

(VIDEO CLIP) SCOTT PRUITT: It is a failed deal to begin with. And even if all of the targets were met by all nations across the globe, it only reduced the temperature by less than two-tenths of one degree.

(END VIDEO) Q [to former V.P. Al Gore]: Less than two-tenths of one degree, President Trump made a similar argument.

GORE: Well, first of all, it's not true. Things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen much faster than you thought they could.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: CNN 2017 interviews of 2020 hopefuls

Donald Trump on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Jun 2, 2017)
Represent Pittsburgh, not Paris: Coal over climate agreement

As he announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump said he was putting American jobs ahead of the needs of other countries. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said, claiming that as a result of this action, "The coal mines are starting to open up. For many, many years that hasn't happened." Is that true?

Short Answer: Yes, mines are opening, including a new one in Pennsylvania.

Long answer: That doesn't reverse the overall decline of the coal mining industry from its glory days. The mines that are opening produce a special kind of coal used in steelmaking and are opening largely because of events unrelated to federal policy, experts say. The market for the kind of coal used in electricity--the biggest use for coal--remains down relative to where it was several years ago. In other words, the industry has rebounded slightly after years of layoffs and closures caused mainly by competition from cheap natural gas.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: NPR Fact-Check on 2017 Trump Administration promises

Tom Steyer on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Mar 23, 2017)
Supports Paris agreement to develop renewable technology

Q: Given what you know about how policy moves markets, what will we give up when Trump pulls the US out of the Paris agreement?

Steyer: OK, so look at the Paris agreement: It's going to force the developed world to change its energy sources. That means the US could be the leader in developing renewable technology for more than a billion people--a huge incoming market--who don't have electricity at all.

Click for Tom Steyer on other issues.   Source: Nick Stockton in Wired.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Hillary Clinton on Paris Accord: (Environment Mar 9, 2016)
We need green energy jobs & to build on Paris Agreement

We have to combat climate change, and no state has more at stake in that than Florida. And the best way to do that is not only enforcing the laws we have, but also the clean power plan that President Obama has put forth that I support, and the Paris Agreement that I think was a huge step forward in the world, that Senator Sanders said was too weak, but I helped to lay the groundwork for that. But we need more clean energy jobs.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic primary debate in Miami

Cory Booker on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Dec 10, 2015)
Climate change requires American leadership

When I was [in France for the Paris climate talks] over there, I was moved to see virtually all of the globe represented by leaders, NGOs, and major corporations. Everyone was there. There was an array of the planet coming together, focused on this issue of the impacts of climate change. Conversations ranged from focusing on us being innovative and how we are dealing with renewable technology, all the way to resiliency for poor populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change.

This is an issue that affects America that we cannot solve without joining with the rest of the globe. American leadership is incredibly needed. I am proud to send a strong message to the rest of the globe that we are here in the United States strongly supporting the ambitious commitments of President Obama, and that we will defend those communities that are facing this crisis. We will be leaders.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Library of Congress transcript of Senate Floor Speech

Cory Booker on Paris Accord: (Energy & Oil Dec 10, 2015)
Ice-melt is literally creating climate refugees

[At the Paris climate talks] I led a bilateral conversation with Bangladesh, talking to peer leaders--the U.S. sitting down with Ministry and Parliamentary members from Bangladesh. By many estimates, Bangladesh is the most vulnerable large country to climate change. Due to climate change [including rising sea levels and ice-pack] melting off the Himalayas, right now Bangladesh is losing 1% of its arable land each year, displacing millions of Bangladeshis, literally creating climate refugees.
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Library of Congress transcript of Senate Floor Speech

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