Senator Ed Markey called Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, “an absolute big, big loss" for the economy, on Boston Public Radio Tuesday.

In his speech announcing the withdrawal, Trump claimed that the deal, which includes 195 countries, would cost Americans billions of dollars and costs as many as 2.7 million jobs by 2025. The U.S. now joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries who have not signed the agreement.

Markey pointed out that Trump did not mention that the clean energy sector produces and will continue to create millions of jobs. “What he forgot to mention is that there are 2.6 million Americans who work in the clean energy sector, including 100,000 people in the state of Massachusetts,” he said.

“We have added 10,000 new clean energy jobs to Massachusetts every year for the last five years in a row," Markey continued. "It is now in the top ten employers in the state of Massachusetts.”

Before Trump announced his decision, major business including Google, Apple, Tesla, General Electric and even ExxonMobil urged the president not to pull the U.S. from the climate agreement, claiming that the agreement positions the country to become a leader in the clean energy sector and will be a source of economic growth.

Markey believes that the withdrawal will now give other countries like China an economic edge, the opposite of what Trump claimed.

“China is very happy,” Markey said. “They now have a chance to brand all of these new renewable technologies as made in China … The clean energy market is the 21st-century market. It is going to be to this century what oil, gas and coal were to the last century.”

For Markey, the clear force behind the country’s departure from the climate agreement is a financial one. “There is an old saying that it’s hard to understand something when you’re paid not to understand it,” Markey said.

"The Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry are the paymasters for the Republican Party," he added. "Donald Trump gets his science from that small group of people, which does not reflect our whole country. Trump’s climate science is as bogus as a degree from Trump University."

He urged Trump to take a look at how climate change and coastal flooding could affect Mar-a-Lago.

“It will go from Mar-a-Lago to Mar-a-Lagoon,” he said. 

Hear Senator Ed Markey’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.