June 05, 2017

Trump Isn’t the Only One Who Wanted Out of the Paris Climate Agreement

22 Senators urged the President to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement

by Caitlin Martin

Climate March, NYC, 2014

**Paris Agreement
**Unless you’ve been asleep the past few days, you’re aware that the President announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This announcement dismayed heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives, and some of his own staff who believe the U.S. should play a leadership role in battling climate change across the world, particularly since we’re the world’s second-largest commuter. You can read more about this here:

**22 Senators Urged the President to Leave the Agreement
**It turns out that the President wasn’t alone in his desire to pull out of the accord. Here’s who they are:

  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Luther Strange (R-AL)
  • John Boozman (R-AR)
  • David Perdue (R-GA)
  • Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Jim Risch (R-ID)
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Roger Wicker (R-MS)
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Mike Lee (R-UT)
  • John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Mike Enzi (R-WY)

You can read the text of the letter and see its signatories here:

https://medium.com/media/b2d2a62c6c8770d60fb418d9d74a0865/href

**Meanwhile, 40 Democrats Urged the President to Stay in the Agreement
**Not surprisingly, many Democrats urged the President not to back out of the agreement. However, eight Democratic Senators neglected to sign — they are:

  • Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
  • Angus King (I-ME)*
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • John Tester (D-MT)
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
  • Mark Warren (D-VA)
  • Joe Manchin (D-WV)

*Sen. King caucuses with the democrats.

Here’s the letter in full:

https://medium.com/media/81b96c37681ae437fc16e68e96ec463e/href

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