Four Republicans sign letter urging Trump to stay in Paris deal

Four Republicans sign letter urging Trump to stay in Paris deal
© Greg Nash

Four Republicans joined a House letter to President Trump on Wednesday calling on the United States to stay in the Paris climate deal. 

The letter, from the House’s bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, said the U.S. should stay in the Paris deal because it would give the country the chance to influence future climate change discussions. 

Members also seemingly endorsed the greenhouse gas emissions goals former President Obama set for the United States when negotiating the deal in 2015.

The letter says Obama’s proposed 26 percent to 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions “are achievable, but they will require hard work, and along the way will create massive opportunities for American companies and workers.”

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Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) led the letter. Republican Pennsylvania Reps. Ryan Costello, Brian Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan signed the letter, along with 17 Democrats. 

“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 letter says. 

“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 comes as the Trump administration debates whether to stay in the Paris deal, attempt to renegotiate the Obama goals or leave the agreement entirely. 

The debate has divided Republicans and the Trump White House, with key advisers Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others advising the U.S. stay in the agreement. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is among those calling for an exit from it. 

Key aides are reportedly set to discuss the issue at a White House meeting on Thursday.