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U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Endangers the Health of American Communities, Says Physicians for Social Responsibility
June 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elana Simon, Communications Manager
WASHINGTON, DC (June 1, 2017) – President Donald Trump announced today that he plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Agreement, supported by almost all the countries of the world, including major greenhouse gas emitting countries, would significantly reduce emissions to combat climate change.
Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Carter released the following statement:
"President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is an embarrassing and harmful abdication of the United States' responsibility to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change. Abandoning the agreement endangers the American communities that he has the duty to protect. Climate change aggravates the frequency and intensity of extreme heat waves, increases the risk of dangerous weather events, and augments the spread of insect-borne and water-borne diseases. We are already seeing the serious harms that climate change imposes on health in our communities. President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a profound failure of leadership that will harm Americans' health, our economy, and the environment we all depend on."
Physicians for Social Responsibility, a member organization of 37,000 seeks to address the gravest threats to human health and survival. The group's motto is "Prevention is the only cure." PSR's international federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Visit us at www.psr.org.