Ripon Advance: Curbelo leads bipartisan call for U.S. to uphold Paris climate deal commitments

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Washington, April 19, 2017 | comments

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) led a bipartisan call on Monday for the Trump administration to uphold U.S. commitments outlined in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Curbelo and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), the co-founders of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, made the request on Tuesday as administration officials prepared for discussions about U.S. involvement in the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC, which allows countries to set goals for reducing carbon emissions.

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Curbelo and Deutch, in a joint statement, said, “It is imperative that we maintain our seat at the table in global discussions of how to address the threats posed by climate change. The world’s leading nations must work together to not only reduce the impact carbon emissions have on climate change, but also mitigate and prepare for the effects, which communities like ours are dealing with every day.”

“Remaining in the Paris Agreement will strengthen American leadership on environmental stewardship and help transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean energy prosperity,” the lawmakers said. “On the other hand, withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity and innovation.”

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