Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of the most important lawmakers when it comes to all things energy on Congress. But that doesn't mean the chairwoman of the Senate's Energy Committee has a strong opinion about whether to stay in the Paris climate accord — or if she does, the Alaska Republican is keeping it to herself.
On the record: "I have been somewhat agnostic on whether you stay in or stay out," Murkowski told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon. "There are considerations on both sides and I think that is what they are wrestling with right now."
Pressed on whether she has a recommendation, Murkowski added:
- "I think that it is important that we continue to ensure that we have a role in the discussions as to how we face our economic and our environmental issues. How this administration best feels that they can advance that — that's what they are wrestling with right now."
One level deeper: Murkowski isn't alone in avoiding a strong stance on the topic as many lawmakers apparently see little upside making a public case. At the House, recent competing GOP sign-on letters to the Trump administration received very few signatures.
To be sure:
But that said, in the Senate a number of committee chairs have weighed in. Environment and Public Works chairman John Barrasso is a strong advocate of bailing on Paris. But Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker and Armed Services chairman John McCain have argued in favor of staying.