Colorado elected officials react to President Trump’s decision to exit Paris climate accord
June 1, 2017
President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was pulling the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement.
He said the U.S. could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms or work to establish "an entirely new transaction."
"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States," Trump said.
Here's how some of the state's elected officials reacted:
» Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.: "The President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord is a win for Colorado. The deal disproportionately hurts the US and let's the world's worst polluters off the hook."
» Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.: "The President made a catastrophic mistake by putting a misguided campaign promise before the needs of our economy and the credibility of American diplomacy."
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» Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.: "It shows the shortcoming of the executive action when a president goes around Congress," he told the Denver Post, criticizing former President Obama's decision not to seek congressional approval for the deal. He did not say whether he supported Trump's move. "This issue should have gone to Congress for a full debate."
» Gov. John Hickenlooper: "It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity."
— The Associated Press and Denver Post contributed to this report