Group asks Trump not to scrap Paris pact
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.