House Democrats Pass Bill to Prevent Trump From Leaving Paris Climate Accord
The Democratic-controlled House voted 231 to 190 to pass the act on Thursday
The US House of Representatives passed legislation that would block President Donald Trump from taking the United States out of the Paris climate accord, reports say.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 231 to 190 to pass the act on Thursday.
But the Republican-led Senate will not likely approve the measure, which would effectively bar federal funds from being used to withdraw from the accord.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted the legislation was as a step in the right direction.
"It sends a signal to the world that the US isn't in denial about the overwhelming science about climate," she said on the House floor.
Pelosi did admit that the Senate is highly unlikely to support it.
According to Press TV: In June 2017, Trump announced that he was pulling out of the 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, characterizing the decision as "a reassertion of American sovereignty."
The move drew criticism from Democrats at home and world leaders who had pressed Trump not to abandon the 197-nation accord.
He argued that remaining in the deal would hurt the US economy. Trump cannot formally leave the agreement until a day after the 2020 election.
Trump considers climate change a hoax.
Trump had vowed during the election campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, 2017, to bolster the US oil and coal giants, which bankrolled his campaign.
Trump has labeled climate change a hoax, defying widening international support for the Paris agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
He has argued that the concept of global warming has been “created by and for the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
Environmental groups have long argued against spending billions of dollars to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants when the same funds could help expedite the transition to wind and solar power.
US President Donald Trump has said that he is pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change.
The Paris agreement was reached on November 4, 2016, and has been signed by 197 countries.
One hundred thirty-five of them have now formally ratified the agreement.
They represent more than 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Paris agreement seeks to avert climate change by limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures by 2050.
It also sets out a goal of reaching a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, if possible.
The adopted text acknowledges that the risks of climate change are much more severe than previously thought.
The deal is to take effect in 2020.