South Carolina’s junior senator is one of 22 members of the Senate calling on President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Tim Scott signed onto a letter signed by other Republican senators asking Trump to revoke the landmark deal to combat climate change agreed to by almost 200 nations in the French capital in 2015.
The letter, sent to Trump last week, congratulates him on rolling back climate regulations enacted under President Barack Obama.
“A key risk to fulfilling this objective is remaining in the Paris Agreement,” it reads. “(R)emaining in it would subject the United States to significant litigation risk that could upend your Administration’s ability to fulfill its goal of rescinding (Obama’s) Clean Power Plan.
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“Accordingly, we strongly advise you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement.”
Trump is expected to announce his decision to withdraw from the agreement in a White House speech on Thursday.
In his stance against the Paris agreement, Scott is on the opposite side of the issue from South Carolina’s other senator, Lindsey Graham.
Graham told CNN this week Trump should not withdraw from the agreement, but instead “make it a better deal.”
“It’s a voluntary agreement. It doesn’t require cap-and-trade measures to be imposed on our economy,” Graham said, adding, “If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement by the president that he considers climate change to be a hoax.”
Giving that impression to the rest of the world would be “bad for the (Republican) party, and bad for the country,” Graham said.