Rand Paul: Paris Climate Deal Is a 'Disaster for American Jobs'
Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY) forcefully recommended abandoning the Paris climate deal, calling it a "disaster for American jobs."
The Paris climate accord was signed by former president Barack Obama and almost 200 other countries in 2015. The non-binding agreement, never ratified by Congress sets goals for cutting carbon emissions in each country, standards many have struggled to meet.
Paul said he hopes President Trump pulls out of the deal, and commented that he is pleased the president has not signed international agreements that would have put the United States at an economic disadvantage.
"President Trump has shown a great deal of concern for workers in my state, people in the energy industry, and really for American jobs in general," the senator told host Jenna Lee on "America's News HQ."
Paul pointed out that the agreement tasks the United States with reducing its carbon footprint by 20 percent while China is under no environmental obligation for the next 20 years.
"It's just not fair," he concluded.
The fiery libertarian insisted that the deal would "fail overwhelmingly" if put to a vote in the Senate, but said it is unlikely it would be put to a vote, even though that would be the more constitutional path.
Watch the full interview above.