Group asks Trump not to scrap Paris pact

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolf­gang

A group of Republican law­mak­ers on Thurs­day urged Pres­i­dent Trump to keep the U.S. in the land­mark Paris cli­mate agree­ment but to re­work Amer­ica’s com­mit­ment so that it “does no harm

to the econ­omy.”

In a let­ter to the pres­i­dent, the law­mak­ers, led by Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Republican, ar­gue that emis­sions tar­gets agreed to by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion — a 26 per­cent re­duc­tion in green­house gas pol­lu­tion by 2025 — will ham­per eco­nomic growth and kill jobs.

But they also con­tend that re­main­ing in the deal and us­ing it as a tool to pro­mote U.S. in­ter­ests would be more ben­e­fi­cial than pulling out en­tirely, as many con­ser­va­tives want to do and Mr. Trump vowed dur­ing the cam­paign to do.

“Un­like Pres­i­dent Obama’s opaque process to de­ter­mine his pledge, the de­ter­mi­na­tion should be trans­par­ent, re­flect a range of eco­nomic sce­nar­ios, and take in ad­e­quate in­put from the pri­vate sec­tor and other in­ter­ested par­ties,” the let­ter reads in part.

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