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Trump's decision to abandon Paris climate pact called 'deeply troubling'


  • Protesters carry signs during the People's Climate March April 29 outside the White House in Washington. The U.S. bishops June 1 urged President Donald Trump to honor the nation's commitment to the Paris climate pact and protect the planet. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)
  • Participants look at a screen showing a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference at Le Bourge, France, in this Dec. 8, 2015, file photo. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' international justice and peace committee, said in a June 1 statement President Donald Trump must honor the nation's commitment to the Paris agreement to protect the planet. (CNS photo/Stephane Mahe, Reuters)
  • Floodwater is seen in Hammond, La., March 11. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' international justice and peace committee, said in a June 1 statement President Donald Trump must honor the nation's commitment to the Paris agreement to protect the planet. (CNS photo/Dan Anderson, EPA)
  • Beijing is seen during a sandstorm May 4.ishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' international justice and peace committee, said in a June 1 statement President Donald Trump must honor the nation's commitment to the Paris agreement to protect the planet. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA)
  • Rock climbers are seen in Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany May 25. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' international justice and peace committee, said in a June 1 statement President Donald Trump must honor the nation's commitment to the Paris agreement to protect the planet. (CNS photo/Filip Singer, EPA)
  • A child walks across a drain filled with garbage in New Delhi April 22. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' international justice and peace committee, said in a June 1 statement President Donald Trump must honor the nation's commitment to the Paris agreement to protect the planet. (CNS photo/Rajat Gupta, EPA)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's June 1 decision "not to honor the U.S. commitment" to the Paris climate agreement "is deeply troubling," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

"The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is an international accord that promotes these values," Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said in a statement released shortly after the president made his announcement in the White House Rose Garden.

"President Trump's decision will harm the people of the United States and the world, especially the poorest, most vulnerable communities," the bishop said after Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw immediately from the Paris accord.

"The impacts of climate change are already being experienced in sea level rise, glacial melts, intensified storms, and more frequent droughts," Bishop Cantu said. "I can only hope that the president will propose concrete ways to address global climate change and promote environmental stewardship."

Trump said the climate accord "is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States."

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