On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an ambitious global framework to tackle climate change agreed to by President Barack Obama in December 2015. At Climate Hawks Vote, we score members of Congress, not just on how they vote, but on how they lead — and that includes speaking out on the Paris Agreement. Our prior report found that Congress mostly yawned instead of applauding one of the Obama administration’s greatest diplomatic triumphs. This report covers the significant increase in Congressional reaction to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
This time around, we found that nearly all Democratic members of Congress, both House and Senate, expressed disapproval of Trump’s decision. On the Republican side, four members of the House and one Senator expressed unequivocal disapproval and a handful expressed mixed comments. Although we expected to find cheers on the Republican side, we instead found that roughly ½ of the House GOP and ¼ of the Senate GOP opted for silence. Our detailed spreadsheet tracking statements can be found here.
We found that 95 percent of the House Democrats have criticized, through words or action, Trump’s decision. The remaining Democrats—mostly Blue Dogs—were silent.
The vast majority, 175 Democrats, were vocally critical of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (press release, tweet, or Facebook post).
In addition, 10 Democrats sided with their colleagues—they signed on to H.Res. 390, a resolution expressing strong disapproval of Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, as coauthors, but appear to have not issued a public statement. Two (marked with an asterisk) are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, and one (in italics) is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus.
|Clay, William Lacy (MO-01)||Clyburn, James E. (SC-06)||Costa, Jim* (CA-16)||Cummings, Elijah E. (MD-07)|
|Davis, Danny K. (IL-07)||Gonzalez, Vicente* (TX-15)||Lujan Grisham, Michelle (NM-01)||Richmond, Cedric (LA-02)|
|Thompson, Bennie (MS-02)||Vargas, Juan (CA-50)|
Finally, we found 9 Democrats who appear not to have commented on Trump’s action—but none who applaud Trump’s decision. Eight of them (marked with an asterisk) are members of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
|Correa, Lou* (CA-46)||Cuellar, Henry* (TX-28)||Gottheimer, Josh* (NJ-05)|
|Green, Al (TX-09)||Peterson, Collin C.* (MN-07)||Scott, David A.* (GA-13)|
|Sinema, Kyrsten* (AZ-09)||Vela, Filemon* (TX-34)||Visclosky, Peter J.* (IN-01)|
For comparison: in 2015, 100 House Democrats (53 percent of the party) remained silent while 89 Democrats (47 percent of the party) spoke up supporting Obama’s work on the Paris Agreement.