A close ally to President Trump in the House is urging him to reduce the United States’ international pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who was an energy adviser and public ally for Trump’s campaign, made arguments for a revised commitment in a letter outlining three conditions he wants Trump to abide by if he decides to stay in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Trump promised to “cancel” the nonbinding Paris accord during his campaign. But he hasn’t yet taken action on the matter while he considers different views in his administration, including from advisers and officials who want to stay in the pact for diplomatic reasons.
In Cramer’s letter Thursday, he said it might be acceptable to stay in the pact, with some conditions, including that Trump reduces former President Barack Obama’s pledge that the U.S. cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels.
“The U.S. should present a new pledge that does no harm to our economy,” Cramer wrote. “Unlike President Obama’s opaque process to determine his pledge, the determination should be transparent, reflect a range of economic scenarios, and take inadequate input from the private sector and other interested parties.”
Cramer said Trump should not pay any more money into the Green Climate Fund, beyond the $1 billion Obama submitted to the international fund meant to help poor countries cut greenhouse gases and deal with the effects of climate change.
Lastly, Cramer asked that Trump use the United States’ position to promote domestic companies, like manufacturing and energy.
“We should work closely with our allies to develop, deploy, and commercialize cleaner technologies to help ensure a future for fossil fuels within the context of the global climate agenda, including support for the deployment of highly efficient and low emission coal, as well as carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies, in global markets,” he said.