Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that he’s worried about the possibility of President Trump backing out of the Paris climate agreement, because such a move would damage the credibility of the GOP and the country.
“If he does withdraw, that would be a definitive statement from the president that he believes climate change is a hoax,” said Graham on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“It would be taken as a statement that climate change is not a problem; is not real,” he explained, adding, “that would be bad for the party, and bad for the country.”
President Trump did not join the six other countries in pledging continued support for the Paris agreement at a G-7 summit in Italy. However, he did not close the door altogether. In a tweet published on Saturday, Trump said he would make a final decision this week coming.
Graham is part of a group of Republicans who publicly state their belief that human activity is the greatest contributor to climate change. They are advocating for the expansion of a clean energy industry nationwide.
Trump, however, has a different notion of what climate change means. He theorized on Twitter, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
“Stay in the deal, make it a better deal,” was Graham’s advice to Trump.
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