GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan is urging President Donald Trump to stick with the Paris climate accord.
Back from a nine-day foreign trip, Trump has said he will make a decision this week on whether the United States should remain a part of the agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During a meeting in Sicily, other members of the Group of 7 — which includes German, France and the United Kingdom — intensely lobbied Trump to reaffirm support for the accord, but the president declined.
Pope Francis also appealed for support of the agreement when Trump and his wife, Melanie, visited the Vatican.
Buchanan, a Longboat Key Republican, said in a statement today that he would “strongly encourage” Trump to support the Paris pact, arguing that low-lying Florida is particularly at risk.
“Climate change is a serious issue, especially for a state like Florida that has two coastlines vulnerable to rising waters,” Buchanan said. “Only Syria and Nicaragua are not part of the 197-country agreement, which lays out voluntary goals for reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”
Buchanan said the U.S. withdrawing from the agreement “would send the wrong message to the world.”
“Protecting the environment and growing the economy are not mutually exclusive. We should be doing everything we can to accomplish both,” he said.