Bennet Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

COLORADO - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

"The President made a catastrophic mistake by putting a misguided campaign promise before the needs of our economy and the credibility of American diplomacy," Bennet said. "Before this decision, the United States was on track to achieve energy independence, reduce its carbon footprint, and create good-paying jobs in rural communities-with Colorado leading the way. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement attempts to undercut the progress we have made.

"In Colorado, we will continue working to meet the carbon emissions targets set in the Clean Power Plan. The administration should reverse this shortsighted decision and work to protect our planet, economy, and national security."

Earlier this year, Bennet led the introduction of a bill with more than 30 Senators to rescind the President's anti-climate Executive Order, protect American jobs, and preserve the United States' path toward energy independence. He also spoke on the Senate floor about the Order and the growing threat of climate change.