WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after the United States officially exited the Paris Climate Agreement.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement demonstrates this Administration’s complete disregard for the proven science and existential consequences of climate change. Five years after joining the agreement, the U.S. becomes the only country of nearly 200 to leave the agreement. This is a disastrous move that undermines the most significant global climate change agreement to date.

“The President’s failed leadership and inaction is further proof that he has no interest in combatting the devastating impacts we are already seeing on the environment, economy, and health of our communities. This decision also reflects the Administration’s continued retreat from international cooperation, which is directly counter to the global approach required to drive down emissions. The United States should rejoin the agreement and commit to going even further in spurring the clean energy transition necessary to combat climate change. I will continue to fight for policies that allow for future generations to lead prosperous and healthy lives.”