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Pompeo: President Calls for Legally Binding Climate Deal, Defends Unsigned and Non-binding Iran Nuclear Deal

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Washington, December 1, 2015 | comments

December 1, 2015
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Pompeo: President Calls for Legally Binding Climate Deal, Defends Unsigned and Non-binding Iran Nuclear Deal

Condemns president’s suggestion that climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today released a following statement in response to President Obama’s declaration at the U.N. summit in Paris that a global climate change agreement should be legally binding; however, the president continues to defend the non-binding, unsigned nuclear agreement with Iran – the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

Last week, Pompeo received a letter from the State Department in response to his request for a final version of the nuclear agreement signed by all P5+1 members and Iran, noting that these signatures represent each party’s commitment to upholding the agreement.  Despite the risks associated with negotiating such a dangerous deal with Iran, the State Department said that a signed nuclear agreement does not exist, as it is a “political commitment,” depending not on the signatures of the parties, but on Iran’s commitment to comply with the agreement.

“For President Obama to suggest that climate change is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism is ignorant, dangerous, and absolutely unbelievable,” Pompeo said.  “In an attempt to secure his legacy, the president is pursuing a radical climate change deal, while ignoring his foremost duty to protect Americans from the real threat facing our nation and the world: dangerous Islamic extremists whose goal is to destroy America and our allies.  These jihadists continue to laugh, knowing that the president is prepared to lead only on punishing U.S. businesses through burdensome regulations, not punishing them. 

“Just last week, the State Department responded to my request for a signed version of the nuclear agreement, saying that a signed deal does not exist.  State then tried to defend the deal by calling it a ‘political commitment.’  This defense is about as absurd as the terms of the deal itself.  Instead of forging an agreement with Iran that will protect Americans and prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration caved to Iranian bullies and serial nuclear cheaters.  Placing our trust in the honesty of these nuclear weapon-driven, radical extremists will not ease tensions, but will only get Americans killed.

“Congress must stand ready, willing, and unified in combating aggression by a regime who continues to view America as the ‘Great Satan’ and has been emboldened by this deal.  We must also do all in our power to fight against the president’s damaging climate change agenda, and pursue policies that support American energy, create new jobs, and power our economy. Each of these outcomes will improve the environment as well – economic growth results in cleaner air and safer drinking water, not the other way around.”


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