President Donald Trump may have gotten flack in some quarters over his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, but not within the Nebraska and Iowa congressional delegations.
Several Republican congressmen and U.S. senators said Friday that they supported Trump’s decision. They also said that approval for the agreement should have gone before Congress.
Not everyone was eager to talk about the Paris Agreement.
The World-Herald reached out to Nebraska and Iowa representatives, but Reps. Steve King and David Young of Iowa, both Republicans, and Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, also Republicans, did not respond.
Those weighing in:
» Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
“The Paris Climate Agreement as negotiated for the U.S. by then-President (Barack) Obama without congressional consultation or approval resulted in no enforceable pledge from nations to limit their emissions, and the unequal terms put the U.S. economy at a significant disadvantage while letting large economies like China’s and India’s off the hook.”
» Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
Ernst said she respects the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement “rather than subject Americans to stringent regulations that put our country — including American families and businesses — at an economic disadvantage.”
“Keeping our air and water clean and protecting our environment for generations to come is something we all care about. The United States can continue to do this without overly burdensome, government-imposed regulations that increase costs on Americans and hurt our economy. ... Whether or not the U.S. is a member of this agreement does nothing to preclude our country from reducing our emissions on our own accord, and finding market-driven, innovative solutions for our energy needs.”
» Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb.
“Though the Constitution requires Senate approval for treaties, President Obama refused to send the Paris Agreement through Congress, probably because he knew it was a poorly negotiated deal for our country. Researchers have found the agreement’s impacts on the climate would be negligible at best, while forcing a $3 trillion price tag on the U.S. economy.”
» Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.
Fortenberry did not say whether he agreed with President Trump’s decision in his press statement. He did say, however, that the nation should continue to pursue alternative forms of energy.
“While the Paris accord has generated much important debate and certain controversy, it is important to note that the United States has steadily decreased emissions on our terms. We should continue to aggressively broaden renewables and create a more sustainable and innovative energy future.”
On Thursday, Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said even though the Obama administration should have sought congressional support to join the Paris Agreement, the United States should have kept a seat at the table to advocate for U.S. interests. He expressed confidence that efforts to develop environmentally friendly energy solutions would continue.