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  2. Environment & Energy

Curbelo, Deutch Lead Bipartisan Support for Paris Climate Agreement

By Emily Wirzba, April 26, 2017


Today, Reps Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Ted Deutch (FL-22), co-chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, led 19 other members of the Caucus in a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain our country's commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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The letter was sent from members of the Caucus to the President on April 26th, 2017.

We have a moral obligation to rapidly reduce emissions for the sake of vulnerable communities, future generations, and our Earth.

"I am thrilled at the leadership shown by Reps. Curbelo, Deutch, and the members of the Climate Solutions Caucus that signed this letter," said Emily Wirzba, Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy & Environment at FCNL. "The Administration must recognize that there is bipartisan support for remaining in the Paris Agreement and fulfilling our pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025. We have a moral obligation to rapidly reduce emissions -- and uphold our commitment to other nations -- for the sake of vulnerable communities, future generations, and our Earth. I am excited to see how the work of the Climate Solutions Caucus will help the U.S. reach our emissions reductions goals."

The letter was signed by Representatives Curbelo (FL-26), Deutch (FL-22), Beyer (VA-8), Blumenauer (OR-3), Bonamici (OR-1), Boyle (PA-13), Carbajal (CA-24), Costello (PA-6), Crist (FL-13), Delaney (MD-6), Eshoo (CA-18), Fizpatrick (PA-8), Kuster (NH-2), Lipinski (IL-3), Lowenthal (CA-47), McNerney (CA-9), Meehan (PA-7), Moulton (MA-6), Peters (CA-52), Suozzi (NY-3), and Welch (VT).


Full text of the letter below, PDF version here.

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As members of the Climate Solution Caucus, we respectfully urge that the United States maintain its commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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 UNFCCC brought nearly 200 nations to the table to make commitments addressing the global threat of climate change. This monumental agreement signaled that the world’s largest carbon polluters, including China and India, are ready to transition to a low-carbon economy.

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 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.

At Paris, the United States pledged a 26 to 28 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and we are already well on the way. These goals are achievable, but they will require hard work, and along the way will create massive opportunities for American companies and workers. Reviewing and updating our contributions to the Paris Agreement are part of the process, but we know that our economic growth and dealing with this threat are not mutually exclusive.

Remaining in the UNFCCC will strengthen American leadership on environmental stewardship and help transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean energy prosperity. Withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity, and innovation.

It’s our hope that your Administration will take a responsible approach and seek effective market-based solutions to address this serious issue. Given the reductions we’ve already seen, our government and private sector are positioned to make the United States the leader in the fight against climate change. We stand ready to work with you to maintain America’s commitments under the UNFCCC and support well-paying American jobs, economic growth, and a cleaner and safer America for future generations.

Cordially,

Carlos Curbelo

Theodore Deutch

Patrick Meehan

Donald Beyer Jr.

Ryan A. Costello

Anna G. Eschoo

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brendan F. Boyle

Alan Lowenthal

Charlie Crist

Suzanne Bonamici

Daniel W. Lipinski

Earl Blumenauer

Seth Moulton

Scott Peters

Salud Carbajal

Peter Welch

John K. Delaney

Jerry McNerney

Thomas Suozzi

Ann McLane Kuster

Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba lobbies to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.