Rep. Scott Peters in a vehicle powered by a clean diesel engine designed by San Diego-based Achates Power. Photo courtesy Peters’ office

Rep. Scott Peters, who began his career as an environmental economist, lamented Wednesday that President Trump has ceded America’s world leadership on climate.

Peters, who represents the 52nd District in central San Diego County, made his comments on the third anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

“Three years ago, the United States joined an ambitious global vision to combat the worst effects of climate change,” said Peters. “Unfortunately, President Trump ceded America’s global leadership by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement last year, abandoning our allies and ceding future jobs, opportunities, and innovation in renewable energy to other nations—especially China.”

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement is still morally wrong and monumentally stupid,” Peters added. “Other nations are discussing full implementation of the agreement and scientific reports continue to find we have limited time to make unprecedented changes and avoid extreme weather, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification.”

Peters said he is hopeful that House Democrats can make climate change a priority in the next session of Congress after their midterm election gains.

Peters was an environmental lawyer and Environmental Protection Agency economist before beginning his political career.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.