Press release: Montana group condemns Trump’s pulling U.S. out of Paris climate accord – June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Categories: Clean Energy, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas

MP3 audio recording of Steve Charter

By Northern Plains Resource Council

Steve Charter

BILLINGS, Mont — President Donald Trump today announced he has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Under the 2015 accord, the United States had pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution by about 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. For the power sector, withdrawal from the Paris accord could signal reduced pressure to cut carbon pollution over the next few decades.

“Montanans are in a war against climate change. We have experienced increasingly massive wildfires and our productive agricultural lands have run short on water,” said Steve Charter, a Bull Mountains rancher and Past Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group based in Billings, Montana. “President Trump’s fear that we cannot meet the challenge of climate change not only puts us in danger, it damages the economy in our state. The future of Montana’s energy economy is in renewable sources, and we now risk being left behind.”

The United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries to refuse participation in the Paris accords out of the nearly 200 who have agreed.

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