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Rep. Barr calls President Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords a 'gift to China'

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 13:19:22-05

WASHINGTON (LEX 18) — U.S. Rep. Andy Barr on Thursday called President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord "a gift to China," saying that other nations will simply continue to pollute while the United States "takes drastic steps towards surrendering its own energy independence."

“This self-sabotage of our energy production will jeopardize our economic recovery and national security," Barr said. "Americans saw last year the consequences of outsourcing production of critical pharmaceutical and medical supplies. Now, the Administration wants to add energy to that list."

Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord after former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. from the 194-country pact to combat global pollution.

“If the Biden Administration undermines energy production in the United States, middle-class families in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and across the United States will see their energy prices skyrocket. During a time of economic uncertainty, there is simply no justification for this sacrifice,” Barr said.