Curbelo, Deutch Lead Climate Solutions Caucus in Urging Trump to Maintain U.S. Commitment to Paris Agreement

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Washington, D.C., April 26, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Today, Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) Ted Deutch (FL-22), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, led a group of 19 other members of the Caucus in a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain our country's commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“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 members wrote. “The Paris Agreement gives us the chance to negotiate deals with other countries on greenhouse gas reductions and verify that everyone is keeping up with their pledges, without sacrificing our independence or self-interest.”

The letter later explains, “Remaining in the UNFCCC will strengthen American leadership on environmental stewardship and help transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean energy prosperity. Withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity, and innovation.”

The letter was signed by Representatives Curbelo, Deutch, Beyer (VA-8), Blumneauer (OR-3), Bonamici (OR-1), Boyle (PA-13), Carbajal (CA-24), Costello (PA-6), Crist (FL-13), Delaney (MD-6), Eshoo (CA-18), Fizpatrick (PA-8), Kuster (NH-2), Lipinski (IL-3), Lowenthal (CA-47), McNerney (CA-9), Meehan (PA-7), Moulton (MA-6), Peters (CA-52), Suozzi (NY-3), and Welch (VT).

A PDF of the letter is available here and the text of the letter is available below.

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As members of the Climate Solution Caucus, we respectfully urge that the United States maintain its commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The world’s leading nations must work together to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change, which many of our communities are dealing with on a daily basis. The UNFCCC brought nearly 200 nations to the table to make commitments addressing the global threat of climate change. This monumental agreement signaled that the world’s largest carbon polluters, including China and India, are ready to transition to a low-carbon economy.

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 Paris Agreement gives us the chance to negotiate deals with other countries on greenhouse gas reductions and verify that everyone is keeping up with their pledges, without sacrificing our independence or self-interest.

At Paris, the United States pledged a 26 to 28 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and we are already well on the way. These goals are achievable, but they will require hard work, and along the way will create massive opportunities for American companies and workers. Reviewing and updating our contributions to the Paris Agreement are part of the process, but we know that our economic growth and dealing with this threat are not mutually exclusive.

Remaining in the UNFCCC will strengthen American leadership on environmental stewardship and help transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean energy prosperity. Withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity, and innovation.

It’s our hope that your Administration will take a responsible approach and seek effective market-based solutions to address this serious issue. Given the reductions we’ve already seen, our government and private sector are positioned to make the United States the leader in the fight against climate change. We stand ready to work with you to maintain America’s commitments under the UNFCCC and support well-paying American jobs, economic growth, and a cleaner and safer America for future generations.

Cordially,

Carlos Curbelo

Theodore Deutch

Patrick Meehan

Donald Beyer Jr.

Ryan A. Costello

Anna G. Eschoo

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brendan F. Boyle

Alan Lowenthal

Charlie Crist

Suzanne Bonamici

Daniel W. Lipinski

Earl Blumenauer

Seth Moulton

Scott Peters

Salud Carbajal

Peter Welch

John K. Delaney

Jerry McNerney

Thomas Suozzi

Ann McLane Kuster

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