NJ Dems React To Trump Paris Accord Withdrawal

Jun 2, 2017

Senator Cory Booker says President Trump’s actions on the environment could jeopardize the future health of America’s urban communities.
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New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker says President Trump’s actions on the environment could jeopardize the future health of America’s urban communities.

“It was an act of global and political cowardice.  It was a retreat and a surrender in America when we should be leading and giving a vision for the future.  This is offensive to me in every fiber of my being.  It is an attack on the most vulnerable people in our country,”  Booker said.  “I live in Newark, what this means to people who are desperate on clean air issues?  We see the asthma rates devastating thousands of Newarkers alone.  Rushing to emergency rooms because of the larger climate issues.”

New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman says Trump’s talk of renegotiating the Paris Climate deal makes no sense.

“As if you can renegotiate something with one or two people at a time that involves almost two-hundred nations.  We understand that he doesn’t understand.  Our problem is not only does he not understand, he doesn’t hire people that either want to understand, or can understand,” Coleman said.

President Trump says the Paris Accord on global warming undermines the interests of Americans.