Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that he will pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

“I believe President Trump made the right decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. President Obama entered into this flawed agreement on his own and never sought the Senate’s advice and consent, as the Founders intended. The Paris climate agreement ultimately does not solve the environmental challenges it was supposed to address, and by many measures, causes more harm than good by holding our economy back and driving up the cost of energy. Market forces along with the shale revolution have already reduced American greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

“In the last eight years we have seen a war on jobs in this country. It’s time to free our economy from regulatory overreach and get it working for working Americans. Encouraging the production of American energy will greatly help on that front and allow our country to be less reliant on foreign sources of energy.

“We can reduce our emissions and continue to produce American energy without the Paris climate agreement. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump Administration to jump start our economy, create jobs, and revive the American dream.”