- October 05, 2016 -


Following President Obama’s announcement today concerning the Paris Climate Accord, Dan Kowalski, Deputy Policy Director for the Trump-Pence Campaign, issued the following statement:

"Politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to make bad deals that undermine the interests of the American people. The Paris Accord is just the latest example. Hillary Clinton and other supporters of this global political agreement ignore the reality that it will cost the American economy trillions of dollars. It will also impose enormous costs on American households through higher electricity prices and higher taxes. More of our coal miners will be forced out of work and it will penalize workers in states with abundant shale energy resources, too.

"As troubling, this deal allows China--the world's largest polluter--to increase emissions for more than a dozen years, while the U.S. makes drastic cuts beginning right now. The President of the United States should be fighting for the best interests of American workers, not giving China another unfair, competitive advantage. And if President Obama and Hillary Clinton believe this global climate deal is so significant and historic, then they shouldn’t continue to avoid submitting it for a vote to the United States Senate, as the Constitution requires.

Unlike President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Trump-Pence Administration will work with Congress and the States to achieve shared environmental goals. We will take immediate steps to refocus EPA on its core mission: clean air and clean water for all Americans, regardless of race or income. We will invest in our drinking water infrastructure to prevent tragedies like what took place in Flint, Michigan. We will also work with Congress, the States, and the private sector to take prudent steps that will have a positive emissions reduction impact, while also making America stronger and more prosperous.

As our nation considers these issues, Mr. Trump and Gov. Pence appreciate that many scientists are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions. We need America's scientists to continue studying the scientific issues but without political agendas getting in the way. We also need to be vigilant to defend the interests of the American people in any efforts taken on this front."

Hillary Clinton says that global warming is “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.” At last night's debate, Tim Kaine also placed climate change on equal footing with battling terrorism (describing their “vision” of “strong alliances to battle terrorism and climate change”). Mr. Trump believes that many other priorities are exponentially more urgent than global warming, such as defeating radical Islamic terrorism, rebuilding our military, and bringing jobs back to America. Mr. Trump also agrees with most Americans who are skeptical about imposing new economic burdens on this basis.

A recent Associated Press report found that Americans are willing to pay “only a tiny bit” more to “fight global warming,” and that support for climate actions “plummets” when Americans are asked to pay more than a few dollars per month. According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, “President Barack Obama’s pledge to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 [as called for in the Paris Accord] would cost $5.3 trillion…” A report by the Heritage Foundation also found that, over a shorter time period (through 2035), the Paris Accord would “result in over $2.5 trillion in lost GDP.”

Mr. Trump has a bold, visionary plan for an American energy renaissance. As President, he will implement an America First Energy Plan that enables the United States to become the world's dominant leader in energy production and gets the government out of the way of innovation among all forms of American energy. While Hillary Clinton proposes massive new government spending programs and heavy subsidies, Mr. Trump supports using all of our energy sources, including coal, shale energy, nuclear power, renewable fuels, and other domestic energy sources in a clean and appropriate manner to benefit American families and workers, not for the economic benefit of the politically-connected.

Lifting unnecessary restrictions on all sources of American energy (such as coal and onshore and offshore oil and gas) will increase GDP by more than $100 billion annually, add over 500,000 new jobs annually, and increase annual wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

The Trump Administration will also support continued research into advanced energy technologies, but government will no longer be in the business of picking winners and losers. We need to allow the free market and the innovative spirit of the American people to produce the new energy technologies of tomorrow, without undue government interference.