GOP senators want U.S. to pull out of Paris climate accord
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:17
Forty Senate Democrats sent Trump a letter on Wednesday telling him not to pull the US out of the Paris agreement. But four months later, no decision has been made and the White House's position has become increasingly unclear as Trump and his advisers debate what direction to take.
However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that the Trump administration was "leaning towards withdrawing the United States from the pact". He hopes to commit MA to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Republican senators on Thursday morning warned President Trump that remaining in the landmark Paris climate pact will essentially guarantee that a host of Obama-era environmental regulations remain on the books for good.
The agreement was signed a year ago during Barack Obama's presidency at the COP21 conference in Paris, where nations committed to slowing the effects of climate change through cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.
In December 2015, a climate activist holds a poster during a demonstration in Paris where world leaders reached a global climate accord.
"Many of America's global competitors are unaffected by the Paris agreement, while the United States will incur significant implementation costs", the Senate Republican Policy Committee, headed by Barrasso, said in an April memo, warning that "every sector of the economy will be affected, especially the US industrial base". Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Earl L. "Buddy" Carter of Georgia, Chris Collins of New York, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Gregg Harper of Mississippi, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Billy Long of Missouri and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.
"We would be joining Syria and Nicaragua", said Sen.
In a letter to the president, the lawmakers urged Mr. Trump to withdraw from the deal, which calls on the U.S.to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025. Tom Carper, D-Delaware. "That's not a pleasant company for us to be in in regards to this issue".
These critics argue that the United States should either back out of the agreement or go to the Senate for a vote.
"I urge the president to remain at the table and to exercise United States leadership on this very important global issue", said Sen.
"Countries like Russian Federation and China know that if the USA leaves, there is going to be opportunity for them", Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., said.