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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 CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.), a member of House leadership, on Tuesday expressed support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds Overnight Energy: Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' | GM reverses on Trump, exits suit challenging California's tougher emissions standards | United Nations agency says greenhouse gas emissions accumulating despite lockdown decline GSA transition delay 'poses serious risk' to Native Americans, Udall says 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 SandersBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (I-Vt.) calling Trump "an international embarrassment" and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) saying that she would get the nation "back into the international climate change agreement" on her first day at president.