U.S. Sen. Alexander weighed in on President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from participating in theParis Agreementon climate changeand said that climate change is a legitimate problem.

But participation in the agreement isn’t essential to solving that dilemma, he also said.

The Tennessee Republican said in a prepared statement:


I take seriously the opinion of most scientists that climate change is real and that humans are helping to cause it.Except for occasional reports, there is nothing binding about the Paris Agreement,so staying in it makes little difference. The most important thing the United States can do to solve our energy and climate challenge is to double funding for basic energy research. This will help lower the cost of energy, clean the air, improve health and reduce poverty. Making that commitment-and paying for it by cutting wasteful federal subsidies such as those for wind energy-would seta good example and drive American innovation.

The 2015 agreement between 196 nations is a pact to “adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures,” NPR reported.

The agreement also acknowledges the threat of climate change.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, also commented about the recent news. Click here to read more about that and for more background on the Paris Agreement.