Curbelo, Deutch Urge Administration to Remain in Paris Climate Change Agreement
As Trump Administration officials prepare to discuss the future of U.S. involvement in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), today, Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Ted Deutch (FL-22), co-chairs and co-founders of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, issued the following statement urging the Administration to keep U.S. commitments made to the international community in Paris:
“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. On the other hand, withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity, and innovation.
“It’s our hope the Administration will take a responsible approach on this issue. We stand ready to work with Administration officials to maintain the U.S. commitment to the agreement and secure a future of new economic opportunities and a cleaner and safer world for rising generations.”
In March, Curbelo and Deutch urged the Administration to remain in the Paris Agreement in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
BACKGROUND ON THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS
The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. As determined by the co-chairs, the Caucus membership will consist of equal representation by Democrats and Republicans. Currently, the membership stands at 38 (19 Democrats and 19 Republicans).