Washington Wednesday: Maryland legislators disagree with Trump on Paris Agreement
Over in the House, Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.-4) said he was “very disappointed” in Trump’s decision. He argued that withdrawing will weaken America’s economy because other nations will have the opportunity to take the lead in green technology and infrastructure jobs.
“I think the decision lacks foresight. A commitment to address the challenges presented by climate change gives the United States an opportunity to demonstrate leadership,” Brown said, “In that absence, you’re going to have other countries demonstrate leadership instead.”
But Brown said the withdrawal itself, while a bad move, is not an isolated incident. Rather, he sees it as “a sign or symptom” of a larger ideology by Republicans in Congress, one that also includes rolling back clean air and water requirements and other environmental protections. It is also evident in Trump’s budget, Brown said.
“When the president talks about zeroing out the Chesapeake Bay Fund, when the president switches the focus to fossil fuels and away from renewable energy sources, that hurts Maryland,” he said.
But Brown is pushing back against those policies, he said. Recently, he was the author of a letter sent to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and signed by a bi-partisan group of legislators urging him not to open the eastern seaboard of the U.S. up to oil drilling.
“We don't want to see Deep Water Horizon happen at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay,” he said.