May 22, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 88 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 17--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS AGREEMENT, ADOPTED IN DECEMBER 2015; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 88
(Senate - May 22, 2017)
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[Page S3072] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 17--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS AGREEMENT, ADOPTED IN DECEMBER 2015 Mr. PAUL (for himself, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Risch, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Cruz) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations: S. Con. Res. 17 Whereas the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (in this resolution referred to as the ``Convention''), adopted in May 1992, entered into force in 1994 and is being implemented; Whereas the Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, is another attempt by the Convention's ``Conference of Parties'' to globally address climate change, similar to the Kyoto Protocol, the Durban Platform, the Copenhagen Accord, and the Cancun Agreements, all of which have failed to meaningfully slow global carbon emissions; Whereas the Paris Agreement fails to consider adequately economies that would be negatively impacted by measures to respond to climate change, including those found within the United States, as addressed in Article 4, Paragraph 10 of the Convention; Whereas the Paris Agreement has not been submitted to the United States Senate for review and ratification; Whereas the Paris Agreement could result in serious harm to the United States economy, including significant job loss, increased energy and consumer costs, risks to grid reliability, or any combination thereof; Whereas, by using the free market, the United States has significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions to the lowest they have been in 15 years, and the United States energy- related carbon dioxide emissions are projected to remain below 2005 levels through 2040, while such emissions in the developing world are projected to grow to 120 percent above 2005 levels by 2040; Whereas the People's Republic of China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide and, in accordance with the 2014 agreement with the United States entered into during the Barack Obama presidency, intends to increase its coal consumption until 2030; Whereas the Republic of India announced that, notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, it will continue its reliance on coal and plans to double the nation's coal output within the next 5 years; Whereas, according to an October 2015 MIT Technology Review report, increased coal consumption in the Republic of India will negate any global efforts to limit carbon dioxide, regardless of anything that the United States does to decrease its emissions; and Whereas the emissions reduction goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be met without the global development and deployment of new technologies that are not currently in commercial existence or economically viable: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015. ____________________