Cruz Slams Biden for Rejoining Paris Climate Accord

Cruz Slams Biden for Rejoining Paris Climate Accord

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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January 21, 2021

Yesterday on Twitter, Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R) lashed out against Biden’s executive decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord. 

Hours after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden signed the executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris Agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming. The U.S. officially withdrew from the accord to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions late last year after Donald Trump began the process in 2017. The move was consistent with Biden’s efforts to roll back the hallmarks of his predecessor’s tenure. Having signed more than a dozen executive actions, Biden will mark a significant change in course for the U.S.’s response to multiple international crises.

The decision was met with anger from Texas Republicans, who greeted Biden’s inauguration with vows to fight his agenda. Among them was Sen. Ted Cruz, who attacked the President on Twitter: 

“President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh,” he tweeted. “This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.”

Cruz’s tweet last night echoes Trump’s 2017 statement on U.S. withdrawal from the agreement:  “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

The Texas Senator’s comment was met with derision on Twitter as users pointed to the multinational nature of the agreement. Among critics was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who quipped “So happy that the USA has finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Welcome back!” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-D) also mocked Cruz’s comments.

The Texas Senator was later brought into a heated exchange with Seth Rogan. The actor’s attack on Cruz, “F*ck off you fascist,” prompted the following response from the senator: “Charming, civil, educated response. If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing…not so much.”

Yesterday’s events set the tone for a likely confrontational relationship between the White House and Texas lawmakers with Ted Cruz leading the charge.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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