ExxonMobil officials told President Donald Trump Tuesday that staying in the Paris climate agreement would reduce climate change and give a boost to natural gas production.
The Paris accord, an agreement signed by President Barack Obama in 2016, is “an effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change,” the oil company wrote in a letter to the president. The deal — forged between nearly 200 countries — aims to keep so-called global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
“It is prudent that the United States remain a party to the Paris agreement to ensure a level playing field, so that global energy markets remain as free and competitive as possible,” Peter Trelenberg, Exxon’s manager for environmental policy, wrote in the letter.
The company’s former CEO, Rex Tillerson, indicated last week that he would support the Paris agreement if Trump can reduce some of the objectives Obama agreed to. The former real estate tycoon turned president made breaking away from the climate …