Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement: 

“The United States and 194 other nations came together last year to make a historic commitment to tackling one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century because we recognized that continued inaction on climate change could result in consequences of untold magnitude, from devastating floods to migration crises to massive food insecurity. The resulting commitment – the Paris Climate Agreement – is an important first step in addressing the climate crisis on an international scale and an affirmation that tackling climate change demands American leadership.

“A decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from this agreement would be a historic blunder that would put the interests of a few big polluters and climate deniers before American security, the economy, and the environment. The rest of the world is charging ahead with or without the support of the United States government. The United States can either lead the world and reap the benefits of new jobs, new innovation, and new opportunities, or the world can leave us behind.”

In December 2015, Booker traveled to the Paris Climate Conference with nine of his Senate colleagues to engage with nations coming together around the agreement.