Ranking Member Graves’ Statement on U.S. Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement

Feb 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Select Climate Committee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) made the following statement about President Joe Biden officially rejoining the Paris Agreement today:

“America leads the world in reducing emissions and will continue to lead because of American innovation and the market – not because of government regulations, mandates, or taxes. And if the point of the Paris Accord is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, it has failed because this agreement enables China to increase its emissions, which we expect them to do by 50 percent. China already emits more than the United States, Japan, and the European Union combined and has increased emissions by nearly four tons for every ton reduced by the United States in the last 15 years. We all want a cleaner environment and global cooperation is important. But at the end of the day, the poorly negotiated Paris agreement will result in increased global emissions and disproportionately harm America’s economy and competitiveness while giving a free pass to our adversaries.”