Four Republican members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus joined a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to honor U.S. commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.
“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 letter, signed by Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Patrick Meehan, Ryan Costello, and Brian Fitzpatrick, reads. “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.”
A team of Trump advisors are meeting today to discuss the issue. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and senior advisor Jared Kushner, both whom support maintaining the international agreement, are expected to participate, as well as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who opposes the matter. Also on tap is whether the U.S. should remain a party to the underlying United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the international environmental treaty negotiated by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 which provides guidance for all subsequent global climate meetings, protocols, and agreements.