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Boyle Amendment Included in Landmark Climate Change Legislation That Passed House

May 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment from Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) which recognizes climate change as a global challenge that must be addressed with a similarly global response, such as through the Paris Climate Agreement, as part of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. H.R.9 ensures the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action.

“With record-shattering temperatures and billions of dollars going toward natural disaster relief, the consequences of climate change are clearer than ever. But this is not a problem the United States can solve alone. Our atmosphere is everyone’s atmosphere, and only through international cooperation and compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement can we begin to tackle this monumental threat.

I was disappointed by President Trump’s announcement that he plans to withdraw our country from the Paris Agreement. This decision erodes our alliances and international standing, makes us less safe, and puts us at an economic disadvantage as other nations develop the clean energy economy of the future.  President Trump’s failure to capture the opportunities associated with leading the global effort against climate change demonstrates a lack of vision and a propensity to put politics above all else. All Americans should be deeply concerned by the President's retreat from American leadership and ideals on the global stage.

My amendment stands for the American leaderships that was displayed throughout the development of the Paris Agreement under the Obama Administration. The Paris Agreement, for the first time, brought all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. The Agreement chartered a new course in the global climate effort. It essential that we retain our commitment to the Agreement.”