CO Officials Respond To Trump’s Paris Decision

Colorado elected officials offered mixed reactions yesterday following President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international agreement concerning climate change and carbon emissions. Rep. Ken Buck praised the President, calling the pull-out “a win for Colorado”, while Senator Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper said they believe the decision is a catastrophic mistake. Republican Senator Cory Gardner didn’t address the President’s decision to exit the Paris agreement, instead saying he believed the issue should have been brought before Congress for a full debate. Experts are split on what the move will mean for jobs in the U.S., with proponents of the exit saying it will save or create millions of non-renewable energy jobs, while opponents believe pulling out of the agreement will hinder the growth of the renewable energy sector in the United States and may lead to America giving up its role as a world leader. With the move, the United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only three countries in the world to reject the terms of the Paris Agreement.

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