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Bipartisan Congressional Climate Leaders Urge White House Not To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

As President Trump Reportedly Considers Withdrawal

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Washington, March 15, 2017 | comments

As the President reportedly sought industry advice on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement, a bipartisan group of Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the Administration to continue its commitment to the pact.

Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Safe Climate Caucus, joined Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus, in urging the White House and the State Department to uphold American commitments to the landmark international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

They wrote:

“Stepping away from the Agreement would mean stepping away from the immense opportunities that these international investments afford American businesses and research institutions. On the other hand, fully implementing the climate agreement reached in Paris will create American jobs, boost U.S. competitiveness, and help to transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean prosperity…

“We urge you to continue making the case to the Administration that the United States should not give up its seat at the table by upholding U.S. commitments made to the international community under the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC framework.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

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