Should Congress condemn President Biden’s executive order to rejoin the Paris Agreement?
• “The Sierra Club applauds President Biden for wasting no time in fulfilling his promise to prioritize climate action. After four years of wasted time and national embarrassment, we are ready for President Biden to re-establish the United States as a leader on addressing the climate crisis and help to drive progress and ambition faster and further than ever before.” Source: The Sierra Club
• “The Paris Agreement is a poorly negotiated, fatally flawed treaty that represents a bad deal for American families everywhere… At the very least, I urge President Biden to do what the Obama administration refused to do and submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate for consideration as required under the Constitution.” Source: Senator Steve Daines (Republican, Montana, District ‘At Large’)
H.Res. 59 condemns President Biden’s executive order to rejoin the Paris Agreement. The bill challenges the legislative basis for POTUS’ order, in absence of negotiation and ratification by the US Senate. In this resolution, co-sponsors state that no pledge or amendment made within the Paris Agreement, as it is now, can be grounds for regulation, fiscal spending, or action by the US government. The proposed re-negotiations for the Paris Agreement in H.Res. 59 specifically concern ‘better’ representation for American interests, by way of increased pressure on foreign adversaries. Sponsor: David B. Mckinley (Republican, West Virginia, District 1)
- Here Are All the Climate Actions Biden Took on Day One (Scientific American)
- Republicans Call for Senate Review Before U.S. Re-enters Paris Climate Deal (Reuters)
- What the US Rejoining the Paris Accord Means for Climate Policy (Financial Times)
- Power Up: Biden's Biggest Controversy So Far is How Fast He's Issuing Executive Orders (Washington Post)