House votes to keep US in Paris climate pact

The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that could prevent President Donald Trump from executing his pledge to withdraw the usa from the milestone Paris climate agreement and ensure that the U.S. honors its commitments under the global accord.

It is the very first significant climate laws, although the bill falls far short of this ambitious Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats. The measure was authorized, 231-190, in which it is unlikely to move forward and now goes to the Republican-run Senate. Trump has said he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., head of a House select committee on climate change, said passage of this invoice sent an important sign that Democrats are prepared to act on global warming following regaining the House majority in the year’s elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the House bill a”futile gesture to handcuff that the U.S. market through the unfortunate Paris deal” and it”will go nowhere here in the Senate.”

Trump pledged in 2017 to withdraw from the Paris agreement when 2020, dealing a major blow to worldwide efforts to fight global warming and distancing the U.S. out of its closest allies. Trump said he had been”elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

The White House said in a statement this week that the House bill”is inconsistent with the president’s commitment to put American workers and families initially, promote access to affordable, dependable energy sources and technologies and improve the standard of life for all Americans.”

The White House also asserted that the bill might interfere with Trump’s constitutional power to conduct foreign policy, for example, power to withdraw in an executive agreement that Congress has not ratified.

The Paris agreement, signed in 2015 by more than 190 counties, is a United Nations initiative meant to bring the world together in the struggle against climate change. Developed by President Barack Obama, the pact commits the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 25 percent.

The U.S. also pledged $3 billion into a fund which helps developing countries struggle climate change.

Democrats said the bill showed that the U.S. will continue being a leader on climate problems. “America doesn’t cut and run.

Castor noticed that she and stated she understands the pressing need and fled their Florida home during Hurricane Irma two year ago, and her family boarded up. The House bill”will help us carry out our ethical obligation to future generations to tackle this crisis today,” she said.

Republicans derided the bill whilst doing little or nothing to decrease greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming as a symbolic attempt that could damage the American market.

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, said the bill will”wreck the market” and price as much as 2.7 million American jobs that he said would visit China, India and other nations that don’t need to meet targets under the Paris accord until 2030.

“We do not want to drop the great financial gains we have reached, and we do not need to get rid of the reduction in carbon emissions that we’ve been able to achieve over the last 19 years because of… great invention in technology that America has always been known for,” Scalise said at a news conference. “Let’s not yield these kinds of gains countries such as China and India who exude five times more carbon than we all do.”

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said the Democratic step has been”another messaging bill to go on record against President Trump.”

Three Republicans voted in favour of the bill: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Vern Buchanan of both Florida along with Elise Stefanik of New York.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the lead House author of the Green New Deal, appeared in favor of the bill, but dropped a request for comment then. Groups have complained that the House bill doesn’t go far enough to address climate change.

Leading environmental organizations supported the bill and said it made clear that the U.S. intends to keep the promises made in Paris.

In a swipe McConnell, Suh added:”Blocking this long overdue climate progress would put the future and health of our children in danger.”