NEWS: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate accord draws mixed Utah reaction

Published Jun 01 2017 03:00PM

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from participation in the Paris climate accord, announced Thursday, drew a wide-ranging and mixed reaction from Utahns.

Echoing views voiced earlier by Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, Rep. Chris Stewart on Thursday welcomed Trump’s move, calling the Paris pact “a feel-good measure that will have nearly zero benefit.”

He cited predictions that 15 years of compliance by all participating nations would only slow the rise of global temperatures “by a mere .07 degree Fahrenheit.” Researchers at Stanford University, meanwhile, have estimated the cost of compliance “at $154 billion to the U.S. economy per year and a trillion dollars globally,” Stewart said.

“The Paris Agreement is a boat anchor that will increase the cost of energy and make it harder to get poor people around the world out of poverty,” he said.

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