Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement

Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement
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Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed Liz Cheney blasts NYT for publishing op-ed by Taliban leader MORE (R-Wyo.), a member of House leadership, on Tuesday expressed support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's decision the day before to begin the yearlong process of withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

The accord, Cheney tweeted, "was based on flawed science and would have cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, including many in Wyoming’s critical energy industry."

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The Wyoming lawmaker added in a statement: "Under the agreement, the United States would have been subject to new and unattainable requirements while other signatories with terrible environmental track records would be allowed to continue to operate without consequences."

Cheney is vocal defender of Trump, but she has notably broken with him on a number of issues recently, including his decision to move U.S. troops out of northern Syria and attacks on a witness in the House impeachment inquiry.

Signed by former President Obama in 2015, the Paris agreement required the U.S. to reduce emissions about 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The United States' withdrawal from the deal, which is signed by every other country in the world, will become official on Nov. 4, 2020, a day after the 2020 presidential election.

Trump's decision drew ire from congressional Democrats and environmental organizations.

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Critics pile on Trump plan to roll back major environmental law | Pick for Interior No. 2 official confirmed | JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic White House effort to roll back bedrock environmental law spurs strong opposition Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE (Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called Trump's actions "shameful" and "cowardly."

"Donald Trump is the worst president in history for our climate and our clean air and water," the Sierra Club said in a statement. "Long after Trump is out of office, his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement will be seen as a historic error."

Several Democratic presidential candidates also joined in on the criticism of Trump via Twitter, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) calling Trump "an international embarrassment" and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (D-Minn.) saying that she would get the nation "back into the international climate change agreement" on her first day at president.