Rep. Quigley: Trump’s Policy Ideas Expose ‘Billions World-Wide to Loss of Life’

Eric Scheiner | November 16, 2016 | 4:08pm EST
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Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

( - Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) says that Donald Trump’s policy ideas will expose “billions world-wide to loss of life” and will “imperil the unique and fragile ecosystems that make the United States a wonder of the world.”

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Quigley criticized Trump’s suggestions of pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and suggesting the creation of new coal jobs.

“As we stand here today, representatives from 195 nations, including our own, are meeting in Morocco to discuss how the world will move forward to implement the historic Paris Agreement forged last December,” Quigley said.

“Yet, in that same one-year span, the President-Elect used his campaign for our country’s highest office to promote policy ideas that would not only pollute the planet, but expose millions of Americans and billions world- wide to loss of life, livelihood, and property.”

“If these dangerous ideas are put into action, they will imperil the unique and fragile ecosystems that make the United States a wonder of the world,” Quigley said.

Among the ideas Quigley focused on was the suggestion of creating jobs in the coal industry.

“We’ve heard talk about bringing back coal and creating new coal jobs like it is flipping a switch. The fact is, though, that the economic decline in the coal industry and in coal communities is driven by market forces, not government policy.”

“Climate change is real, it is happening, and it is man-made. The science is settled with 97% of climate scientists in strong, steadfast agreement,” Quigley later added.

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