Dozens of groups urge Trump to leave Paris climate deal

Dozens of groups urge Trump to leave Paris climate deal
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Dozens of conservative and free-market groups are reportedly urging President Trump to leave the Paris climate deal.

"The undersigned organizations believe that withdrawing completely from Paris is a key part of your plan to protect U.S. energy producers and manufacturers from regulatory warfare not just for the next four years but also for decades to come," said a letter sent Monday to President Trump signed by 38 groups.

The letter was reported by The Washington Examiner.

The groups that signed the letter include the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the American Energy Alliance.

In the letter, the groups wrote that some officials in the president's administration "are relying on recent statements from former Obama administration officials that the U.S. can withdraw its [previous commitment under the accord] and submit a new [target] that makes far less ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

"Even if the U.S. were to be cleared by UN officials to submit a less ambitious [goal], this is not the end of the threats posed by the Paris Climate Treaty to your pro-energy agenda and to the economic future of our country," the letter said.

Trump administration officials are due this week to discuss the United States' involvement in the Paris climate deal as the White House nears a decision on the fate of the pact.
Trump told supporters during a rally last month that he would announce a decision on the status of the climate deal within weeks, meaning he could be days away from either pulling out of the agreement or staying in it.
Trump is reportedly leaning toward ending the United States' involvement in the pact, an international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.