Earnest: Congress Shouldn't Have A Role In Climate Change Agreement Because They Don't Acknowledge It Exists

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At Tuesday's press briefing, FOX News correspondent Shannon Bream asked press secretary Josh Earnest about the role Congress should play in a global climate treaty with China to cut U.S. carbon emissions up to 28% by 2025. President Obama plans to use his executive authority to implement a blueprint he submitted to the U.N.

Earnest said since many in Congress "deny the fact that climate change even exists" that they should not be in a "position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering in to."

"There's pushback from the Hill from a number of leaders there who say this represents yet another agreement that Congress should be involved with. They feel like they should have a voice in it, especially considering an agreement of this nature on an international scale. How do you respond to them?" Bream asked.

"Well, these are individuals, at least many of them, deny the fact that climate change even exists," Earnest said. "So I'm not sure that they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering in to."

"I think it's hard to take seriously from some members of Congress who deny the fact that climate change exists, that they should have some opportunity to render judgment about climate change agreements," Earnest also said.

"We certainly would welcome any kind of support that we could get from Congress on that initiative," Earnest said.

SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: There's pushback from the Hill from a number of leaders there who say this represents yet another agreement that Congress should be involved with. They feel like they should have a voice in it, especially considering an agreement of this nature on an international scale. How do you respond to them?

JOSH EARNEST, FOX NEWS: Well, these are individuals, at least many of them, deny the fact that climate change even exists. So I'm not sure that they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering in to.

The fact is the kind of agreement that the president succeeded in striking with China and is implementing here in the United States is one that will have a positive impact on carbon pollution, will have a positive impact on trying to make the air safer for Americans in this country and will have a possible impact on our economy. And that's why the president is pursuing this so aggressively. We certainly would welcome any kind of support that we could get from Congress on that initiative.

BREAM: Politics aside, is this the kind of agreement that Congress should have an ability to sign off on?

EARNEST: Well, again, I think it's hard to take seriously from some members of Congress who deny the fact that climate change exists, that they should have some opportunity to render judgment about climate change agreements.

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