Lankford Opposes Treaty That Prioritizes China Over US

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after he opposed the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Lankford supported an amendment that clarified China is not a developing country and directed the Biden Administration to work to revise China’s status, which passed by a vote of 96 to 0.

“America has been voluntarily participating in reducing emissions of gasses. The focus of the treaty is to phase out certain chemicals—that in America we use in air conditioning units and refrigerators. My concern with this treaty is that it gives China an extra decade than the rest of the world to abide by the guidelines, marks it as a developing country, and sends billions of dollars to Beijing. We should not be shipping money to China. That is absurd. We cannot continue to put China, the worst offender of greenhouse gas emission, ahead of US manufacturing once again.”