RW: The appropriators are going to go to work anyway, but yeah, we’ve been slow. December year in and year out is not my idea of when the Defense Authorization Act should be in place. I would hope before the end of September. And in that bill, the first thing we need to do is make it the official policy of the United States of America that our Navy needs to go to 355 ships.
RW: Once we do that, we get it signed into law by the president of the United States, the OMB in years to come has to be guided by that. And it becomes a matter of statutory law.
HH: Then one last question not Navy-related, but headline driven. You’re a member on the Committee on Environment and Public Works. The President is said this morning to be on the precipice of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. I am happy with that decision, because I always viewed it as extra-Constitutional or un-Constitutional. What’s your view of it?
RW: Well, you know, I’m happy about it, and I’ll tell you, if you talk about basing it on sound science, the President should withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. There’s plenty of evidence that mankind is doing something to change the temperature and the climate. There is precious little evidence that anything agreed to in Paris would change the level of the seas by one millimeter. There’s hardly any evidence that any of that would help, but there’s plenty of evidence to the effect that it would cost jobs and quality of life not only for Americans, but for people all around the world. So for that reason, I think it’s a very realistic move, and I hope indeed those news reports are correct.
HH: To be clear, it was never submitted to Congress. But had the Paris Agreement been submitted to the Senate for ratification, would it have come anywhere near the two-thirds number of votes necessary to ratify it?
RW: No, no, no. And I think that’s part of the reason. But also, you know, I’m told that the parties really are not bound by very much in the agreement. It was just a lot of talk and a lot of words, but didn’t mean much. But to the extent that we might have decided to do our part and live up to our side of the agreement, it would have cost American jobs, and it wouldn’t have affected the temperature appreciably on any spot of the globe.
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