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 CheneyHas Congress captured Russia policy? GOP leaders go into attack mode against Harris Republicans fear disaster in November MORE (R-Wyo.), a member of House leadership, on Tuesday expressed support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days 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 CarperTrump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Not a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat | White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus | Trump faces another challenge to rewrite of bedrock environmental law NEPA 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 SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (I-Vt.) calling Trump "an international embarrassment" and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup MORE (D-Minn.) saying that she would get the nation "back into the international climate change agreement" on her first day at president.