Congressional Republicans Rekindle Attacks on Paris Agreement

After President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office, Congressional Republicans didn’t skip a beat in attacking the move with bad faith messaging and false science.

  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul released a press release calling the Paris Climate Agreement  “irresponsible and controversial.” 
  • Senator Ted Cruz (TX) has begun a branded campaign in which he makes the case that the President cares more about the citizens of Paris than those of Pittsburgh. (Atlantic writer Jemele Hill had a hot take on that.)
  • RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also echoed false information about the jobs potential of the Paris Agreement which will likely serve as a roadmap for how other Republicans publically address the agreement.

Why This Matters: Some of America’s most prominent labor unions, biggest corporations, and even legacy conservative-leaning trade giants like the Chamber of Commerce have come out in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is nothing more than a thinly-veiled strategy on the part of some Republicans to brand anything with the word “green” or “climate” as part of an “overreaching socialist agenda.” It also ensures that voters in the Republican base won’t take the time to understand what the Paris Agreement entails, choosing instead to dismiss it on the basis of politically-charged buzzwords.

Comedian Seth Meyers took Senator Cruz’s feigned indignation to task in his monologue last night with some sharp Pittsburgh slang.

 

 

 

According to the New York Times, Senator Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, said he intended to introduce a resolution that would require consent from the Senate for the Paris Agreement

 

Up Next

New UN Report Says It’s Crunch Time to Reach Climate Goals

New UN Report Says It’s Crunch Time to Reach Climate Goals

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer UN Climate Change has published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, which evaluated information from 75 parties to the Paris agreement representing 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  The results: “governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the […]

Continue Reading 531 words
Global Carbon Pollution Reached Pre-Pandemic Levels Again by the End of 2020

Global Carbon Pollution Reached Pre-Pandemic Levels Again by the End of 2020

According to a report out on Tuesday from the International Energy Agency, while the pandemic allowed a brief reprieve from the uptick in global carbon dioxide emissions, global carbon pollution had returned to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2020.  Carbon emissions in Brazil, India, and China were all up over 2019 levels.

Why this Matters:  Under the Paris Agreement, nations agreed to prevent the rise in global temperature from reaching two degrees Celsius and keeping the rise under 1.5 degrees celsius, but that won’t be possible if our emissions start going up again.

Continue Reading 535 words
Climate Change Is Our Common Ground

Climate Change Is Our Common Ground

New public opinion research reveals a totally surprising level of agreement in America on the long-term national priorities that we need to focus on as a nation.

Why This Matters:  The Index’s authors describe the issue of climate change as a “collective illusion” because there are significant gaps between personal and perceived societal national aspirations. 

Continue Reading 211 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.