Deutch, Curbelo Commend Tillerson's Pledge of Multilateral Action on Climate Change
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a joint statement with the other Arctic countries, called the Fairbanks Declaration, in which they acknowledged the effects of pollution and climate change on the Arctic region and noted the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. In response to the Secretary signing the Fairbanks Declaration, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), the Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, issued these statements:
"I’m surprised and cautiously pleased by the Secretary’s move," said Deutch. "This Administration has been sending mixed messages on whether it accepts the science-based reality of climate change and whether we’ll maintain our commitments and leadership under the Paris Agreement. The Fairbanks Declaration is a clear acknowledgment that the Arctic is quickly warming and a resounding pledge by the Arctic countries to address the impacts of climate change on our world, including reducing methane and carbon emissions. If the Administration is signaling that it’s ready to get serious on climate change, the President should unequivocally reaffirm our pledge to the Paris Agreement and follow through with climate-friendly policies."
“American leadership on climate stewardship is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and by keeping a seat at the table, we have an opportunity to ensure our research, ingenuity, and innovation are part of global conversation and initiatives,” Curbelo said. “It is significant the former-Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest oil company recognizes the threat climate change poses, and I commend Secretary Tillerson for his steadfast advocacy. Given the trillions of dollars in cleaner energy investments and countless good-paying American jobs that would result from remaining in the Paris Agreement, I again urge President Trump to make sure our country keeps its commitment to lead."
On April 26, Representatives Deutch and Curbelo led a group of 21 Caucus colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain our country's commitment to the Paris Agreement. They also joined with the Co-Chairs of the Safe Climate Caucus in March to urge Tillerson to remain in the agreement.