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Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement

Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement
© Greg Nash

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Trump has 'zero desire' to be Speaker, spokesman says Liz Cheney hired security after death threats: report MORE (R-Wyo.), a member of House leadership, on Tuesday expressed support for President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum 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 CarperProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office Rick Scott threatens to delay national security nominees until Biden visits border 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 SandersSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' On The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling MORE (I-Vt.) calling Trump "an international embarrassment" and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Tech antitrust bills create strange bedfellows in House markup | Rick Scott blocks Senate vote on top cyber nominee until Harris visits border | John McAfee dies Klobuchar questions Amazon, Alphabet over smart-home devices Schumer vows next steps after 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE (D-Minn.) saying that she would get the nation "back into the international climate change agreement" on her first day at president.