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New York politicians react as Trump pulls out of climate change deal

Nov 06, 2019 11:26 pm
Cayla Harris in the Times Union rounds up New York politicians reactions to President Donald Trump formally telling the United Nations Nov. 4 that the United States will pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. New York Senator Chuck Schumer wrote, "Future generations will look back on President Trump’s decision as a dramatic step backward in the fight to address the climate crisis that will hurt our planet, our economy, and our national security for decades to come. Senate Democrats continue to stand with the vast majority of Americans who are demanding their elected officials stop kowtowing to corporate polluters and take action to address the mounting threat posed by climate change.” Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam who represents Albany County and the 20th Congressional District, said, “While the Trump Administration wastes precious time denying the scientific realities of climate change, Americans are fleeing its devastating effects in the form of wildfires, flooding and storms unlike anything we have seen before. Decades of science-based evidence have made clear that bold action is necessary to prevent the deadliest and most costly effects of climate change." Gov. Andrew Cuomo chimed in, saying, "New York and states across the country are witnessing first-hand the effects of climate change as we struggle to combat extreme weather and devastating wildfires." Read more about this story in the Times Union.