With U.S. President Joe Biden signing an executive order which sees the United States rejoining the Paris climate agreement, a group of Republican senators called on him to submit his plan to re-engage the United States in the landmark accord.
Biden’s announcement that he would seek to return the United States to the agreement was the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. The move by the group of senators mark a deep rooted political divide over global warming policy that could dog Biden’s presidency as he seeks to drive greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Senator Steve Daines has submitted a resolution demanding that before the president commit the United States to an international treaty, it should get an approval from the Senate with a two-thirds majority. The Senate has 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris having the tie-breaking vote.
The resolution was backed by five other Republicans – John Barrasso, Jerry Moran, Roger Marshall, Cynthia Lummis and Mike Crapo.
“At the very least, I urge President Biden to do what the Obama administration refused to do and submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate for consideration as required under the Constitution,” said Daines.
The United States first entered the agreement in 2016, committing the country to cut emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025. Then-President Barack Obama declined to submit the deal to the Senate for consent, arguing it fell under the previously ratified 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.