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PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts React to House Passage of ‘Climate Action Now Act’

May 3, 2019

“Despite Democrats playing political games on the House floor, President Trump was right to withdraw America from the Paris Climate Accord.” - Tim Huelskamp

Resolution Seeks to Compel President Trump to Reverse His Decision to Withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (May 2, 2019) – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Climate Action Now Act. The resolution, H.R. 9, was approved by a 231-190 vote with all House Democrats and three Republicans voting in favor and no Democrats voting against it.

The resolution would require President Trump to adhere to the Paris Climate Accord, implement President Obama’s plan of compliance, and prevent any funds being spent to continue the president’s plan of withdrawal. The Heartland Institute was among 18 free-market nonprofit groups that signed an April 30 letter to the House urging the rejection of H.R. 9.

The following statements from environmental policy experts at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below. To book a Heartland guest on your program, please contact Media Specialist Billy Aouste at media@heartland.org and 312/377-4000.

“Despite Democrats playing political games on the House floor, President Trump was right to withdraw America from the Paris Climate Accord. Instead of shrinking from our pro-energy agenda, I am confident the Trump administration will continue working on behalf of the American people.”

Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
President
The Heartland Institute
thuelskamp@heartland.org
312/377-4000

“Barack Obama never submitted any component of the Paris Climate Accord to the U.S. Senate for treaty ratification because he knew there was no chance the Senate would approve it. Accordingly, it is not binding on President Trump or the American people.

“The American people spoke loudly and clearly when they elected Donald Trump president on a climate-realist message. Climate alarmism may play to the strengths of far-left politicians in deep blue House districts, but most Americans do not support a radical and costly climate agenda.

“Hopefully, House Republicans learned a valuable lesson in the 2018 midterm elections, when Republicans supporting carbon dioxide limitations suffered disproportionate losses compared to Republicans who stood true for sound science and climate realism.”

James Taylor
Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy
The Heartland Institute
jtaylor@heartland.org
312/377-4000

“This bill will have no practical effect on U.S. policy or climate change. In fact, U.S. emissions have continued to fall after Trump pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord. Meanwhile, all the noble countries still in the Paris agreement are missing their emission-reduction targets – with many actually increasing their emissions.

“Unlike Democrats, President Trump understands H.R. 9 is foolish virtue signaling.”

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Environment & Energy Policy
The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, Environment & Climate News
hburnett@heartland.org
312/377-4000

“With the introduction of H.R. 9, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have taken a stance against the U.S. economy. Countries such as China and India are exempt from the Paris Climate Accord until 2030, forcing America into an uncompetitive position within the global market. Fortunately, the Trump administration correctly identified the agreement as a threat to economic security and prosperity, and promptly withdrew.”

George Jamerson
Director of Government Relations
The Heartland Institute
gjamerson@heartland.org
312/377-4000

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Tim Huelskamp served as president of The Heartland Institute from 2017 to 2019.
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James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute.
jtaylor@heartland.org
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org