Sanders Statement on Paris Climate Agreement

LONDON, June 1 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

"President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace. At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations. 

"The United States must play a leading role in the global campaign to stop climate change and transition rapidly away from fossil fuels to renewable and more efficient sources of energy. We must do this with or without the support of Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry."