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Withdrawal From Paris Agreement Could Cost Midwest Commodities Producers

Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Missouri moves over $42 billion in commodities through its waterways and ports each year.
Phil Stang is the mayor of Kimmswick, Missouri. Colin Wellenkamp is the executive director of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

The Trump administration’s formal withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change has members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative concerned. The organization is worried that the withdrawal could lead to U.S. commodities producers being taxed or penalized by countries that signed on to the accord, something that the European Union has signaled it would like to pursue.

“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you can’t make any decisions,” said Phil Stang, the mayor of Kimmswick, Missouri. “The Mississippi River basin is the biggest commodity developer in the world, and that’s a severe impact on the entire Midwest.”

Thursday on St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Stang, as well as with the executive director of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, Colin Wellenkamp, about what leaving the accord could do to the competitiveness of Midwest commodity exports.

Hear their conversation:

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