Mixed reviews from Georgia for Trump’s climate plan exit

WASHINGTON – Georgia politicians fell along strict partisan lines in their reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of an international climate agreement that nearly 200 nations signed onto in 2015.

Republicans were quick to commend the president for “stand(ing) up for our own interests,” as U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, put it in a Facebook post.

In a Rose Garden speech Thursday afternoon, Trump argued the accord, known as the Paris agreement, hamstrung U.S. industry while allowing the world’s other polluters to continue at an advantage.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Trump said. “Not Paris.”

Many Georgia Republicans agreed.

“When other countries are not willing or able to fully adhere to the terms and meet these targets it ultimately puts American companies and workers at a tremendous disadvantage,” said U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who was one of nearly two-dozen Republican senators to urge Trump to exit the agreement in a letter late last month.

Trump’s own advisers were said to be split on whether to withdraw from the Paris accord, with some notable business titans such as Apple’s Tim Cook and SpaceX’s Elon Musk urging the president to keep the country in the agreement.

But Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus was on the other side. He said exiting the agreement would keep electricity costs “reasonable for all businesses.”

Democrats, however, weren’t so happy with Trump’s course of action.

“This decision isolates our country from international partners in shared, global efforts to curb climate change, and at its core is an assault on our future stability and prosperity,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed , who participated in the Paris negotiations in 2015. He said he remained “committed to meeting the goals” of the agreement and that the city would “intensify our efforts” to reduce climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s 6th District congressional race, warned that “history will condemn us” for leaving the agreement.

“I agree with our military, our intelligence community, and peer-reviewed science that climate change is a major threat to our prosperity and our security,” he said.

Republican Karen Handel, Ossoff’s opponent, has yet to weigh in on Trump’s decision.

Several GOP lawmakers from the state said the Obama administration had initially overstepped when it agreed to the accord. They argued the deal was akin to a treaty, and because of that the White House should have sought Senate approval.

“Government officials are bound by the Constitution, and policies that place restrictions on Americans cannot be unilaterally imposed by one branch of government,” said U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville.

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Tracy Sample
Tracy Sample

Every day I keep finding more reasons to boycott Home Depot, which is perfectly within my right as it was when people stopped eating "french" fries. "But Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus was on the other side. He said exiting the agreement would keep electricity costs “reasonable for all businesses.”

Leslie Patten
Leslie Patten

I am begining to wonder about Georgia 's stupidity it shoud be a no brainer ,Trump did the right thing,and this a another reason to vote for Karen Handel in the 6st district

Fred South
Fred South

I don't recall DJT asking any of them for their opinions. This is a president with balls finally. We don't need an expensive accord to be kind to our planet.

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

All you leftist can donate all your money to Paris to fund " climate justice ". Stay out of American taxpayers pockets.

Will Jones
Will Jones

President Trump did right, he is anointed of God, our Sovereign, Elect of the People. Get behind him.

Susan Godwin Acord
Susan Godwin Acord

It doesn't mean the USA is going to stop doing our part in climate change. We are tired of paying and other countries that we are giving all this money to isnt doing nothing to control climate change.

Ken Gulledge
Ken Gulledge

Name the traitors and we will rid them of their jobs.

Donna Buckey Lewellyn
Donna Buckey Lewellyn

Listen....let's be truthful.....no one is taking away our Ability to do the right thing regarding the environment... He is only doing the best thing for America to keep us from going bankrupt on a bad deal when everyone else Does far...far less

Brenda Wheeler
Brenda Wheeler

Pres Trump made a great choice and I agree with him.

John Woods
John Woods

It's Fantastic...If they want to pay for False Science...Let them pay for it themselves...We are no longer the Teats from which they can suckle...

Angela Dawn Selden
Angela Dawn Selden

GA lawmakers have to be smarter than this!!! You for making America worse or better? Well, this deal brought our country DOWN!! Understand this!!

Vivian Joanna Shurtz
Vivian Joanna Shurtz

GA Republicans are like a lamb being lead to slaughter. They have no thinking ability of their own. Useless to us....

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

The AJC is a great newspaper if you have fish to rap but no good for reading

Brenda Drennan
Brenda Drennan

If you heard his entire speech you would know exactly why he did it and it makes perfect sense to drop out.

Brandon Paxton
Brandon Paxton

#TRUMPFORTREASON #NOTMYPRESIDENT #NOTMYADMIN WE WILL #RESIST!

Lyn Graybill
Lyn Graybill

I had already boycotted Home Depot because of public financing of the Falcons stadium, but another good reason to boycott: "But Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus was on the other side. He said exiting the agreement would keep electricity costs “reasonable for all businesses.”"

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

We should not be in it in the first place. It was not done right to get us in. congress did not vote on it so its not legal. Ie Obama is in it not the rest of the USA.

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

Idiot. The Paris Accord was voluntary, as in no one is obligated to meet their promised donation or achieve their promised goals. Why don't you read the damned thing before you shoot your mouth off repeating the lies you've been fed.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

He signed it so knowing dems they will try and use it to force it. Do you really think they will not? We know better.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

A million babies are born every four days. To feed them, we raise livestock. Cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth. To feed cattle, we are cutting down the rainforests for grassland. Rainforests regulate the climate. So it’s a vicious circle.

Mary Nixon
Mary Nixon

Folks we do need to send them money.

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Is burnin' tahrs awlraht nay-ow see-nse we don'hafta warry 'bay-owt th' n'vahrn-ment?

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

It was set up for the Dems to steel tax payers money

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

Idiot. The Paris Accord was voluntary, as in no one is obligated to meet their promised donation or achieve their promised goals. Why don't you read the damned thing before you shoot your mouth off repeating the lies you've been fed.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

If it doesn't mean anything Lynn then don't worry about it. You're just an angry old troll looking for a fight. grow up!

Claudia Hanson
Claudia Hanson

Their should be no mixed thoughts over pull out of Paris accord.It will save America millions of dollars. None of these other countries pay their fare amount.only America pays.

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

Now you're just proving that you're more intelligent than the average democrat. ;)

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

It is voluntary. No country *has* to pay.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

The sad thing about liberals is they know no facts but are simply eat up with emotions

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

Lynne Latham get an education and leave the important stuff to the people that already have one

Charles Nguyen
Charles Nguyen

Agree we will be the only one who pay thank god trump pull us out

Ray Tyner
Ray Tyner

Lynne Latham then why are we paying.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Thank you for the Regularly scheduled AM Radio " programming "

Kaish Pirzada
Kaish Pirzada

Bomb the F out of Middle East that's the new change.

Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess

Any politician who speaks out against Trump leaving this losing deal for America obviously has a scam to get paid backs from whomever is stealing our money. Wise up Georgia and don't elect Ossoff cause you won't have an Oss left

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

Big oil paid big money to the senators who talked Trump into pulling out of the Accord. Wise up Trump trolls.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

Lynne Latham you are making yourself look very uninformed it was the Big Oil people that wanted this treaty.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

It's not an exit. We can't leave until 2020. Until then we still have to submit required reports.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Donna Kelly Stuckey fox fake infotainment got it wrong again. It is voluntary agreement however; the US is committed till 2020 requiring reports to be submitted. Don't believe the sexual predator child rapist Russian puppet traitor. He lies.