Graves, Rodgers, and McCaul Announce Legislation Taking Aim at President Biden Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement

Apr 16, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Select Climate Committee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statements after they introduced the Paris Transparency and Accountability Act.

This bill calls for renegotiating the Paris agreement or developing a new agreement to ensure China and all major emitters have results comparatively to the United States. The bill also ensures transparency by requiring the President to submit a report to Congress on any proposed Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement and provide details on mechanisms the Administration will institute to mitigate any job loss, increased costs for American producers or consumers, reduced global competitiveness, or potential increased global emissions that could occur as a result of the policies necessary to meet the NDC.

“We need to renegotiate the Paris Agreement so it is fair to the American worker and ensures global emissions will actually go down," Graves said. "The United States has reduced emissions more than the next 12 emissions-reducing countries combined. Meanwhile, for every one ton we have reduced, China increased its emissions by four and under the Paris Agreement China will increase emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. In spite of rhetoric to the contrary, the existing Paris Agreement is a bad deal because it does nothing to reduce global emissions and will hurt U.S. competitiveness. We can and should do better and that is what our bill is all about: reducing global emissions, making America stronger, and ensuring the Biden administration is transparent with the American people and Congress.” 

"President Biden’s decision to force America back into the Paris Climate Accord could severely hamper our global competitive edge and provide zero accountability on the part of the Chinese Communist Party, the world’s top carbon polluter," Rodgers said. "What the Left refuses to acknowledge is America already leads the world in reducing carbon emissions. This leadership—driven by innovation and free-market strategies—must continue without tying us to pie-in-the-sky mandates either through the Paris Climate Accord or the rush-to-green climate regulations that will destroy our jobs, raise the cost of living, threaten people’s livelihoods, and take us back to the dark ages. The Paris Transparency And Accountability Act will help ensure that we can win the future without adding costly burdens resulting from the Paris Climate Accord. We should follow the American way for prosperity and security — not fall for China’s hollow promises. That’s why Energy and Commerce Republicans are leading on the Securing Cleaner American Energy Agenda by unleashing innovation on a diverse and wide range of energy resources, including  natural gas, solar, wind, hydropower, carbon capture, and nuclear.”

“The climate is changing, and we must take steps to address it,” McCaul said. “But the answer is not an agreement that was never presented to Congress for approval and that allows China – the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitter – to continue raising their emissions until 2030 while penalizing Americans. The United States has always been a leader in addressing climate change risks through technology and innovation. We shouldn’t be disadvantaged now by a bad deal that gives the CCP and our other adversaries the upper hand.”