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Dems Urge Trump To Keep Obama’s Climate Agenda Amid Calls For Impeachment

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Senate Democrats are asking President Donald Trump to break his campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from a United Nations global warming treaty even as some in their party push for impeachment.

Forty Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, sent a letter to Trump Wednesday urging him to stick with the Paris Agreement, which the Obama administration joined in 2016.

“Backing out of the Paris Agreement now, after the years of painstaking negotiations and strong U.S. leadership it took to get the world to this point, would be a self-inflicted injury to America’s credibility and influence on the world stage,” the Democrats wrote to Trump.

Democrats followed up their letter with a social media campaign, tweeting out calls for Trump not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Democrats also held a press conference Wednesday to urge Trump to stay in Paris ahead of the G7 meeting in Italy this week. G7 leaders expect Trump to make a decision on Paris this week.

Trump promised to “cancel” the Paris Agreement while on the campaign trail, but has waffled on following through. His own White House is split on the issue, and Democrats, environmentalists and European leaders have lobbied the administration to stay in the agreement.

Pope Francis even gave Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical on global warming as a gift after they met at the Vatican Wednesday.

But Senate Democrats’ calls for Trump to stay in Paris come as more than two dozen lawmakers in their party suggest that the president should be impeached.

Schumer and other Senate Democrats have distanced themselves from impeachment talk, saying a “thorough investigation” is needed before impeachment can be considered. But that hasn’t stopped many Democrats from calling for Trump’s head.

CNN counts 25 Democratic Senators and House members who have suggested Trump could be impeached for, among other things, firing former FBI Director James Comey.

That includes Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both of whom said impeachment was a possibility. Sen. Angus King of Maine, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, also suggested that impeachment could be down the road.

California Rep. Maxine Waters suggested Trump could be impeached before he even took office. In January, she told MSNBC Trump could face impeachment if evidence surfaced he colluded with Russia.

To date, there’s no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence during the 2016 election.

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