Its retreat from climate action cost the United States its vaunted role as ‘leader of the free world’ and made it one of only three nations to reject the agreement.
“We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions,” said a State Department spokesperson.
Trump appointees such as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have been hostile to climate science, actively denying the truth about the harmful effects of fossil fuel on the environment.
Dozens of senior climate science officials have been reassigned at the Department of the Interior, including Dr. Virginia Burkett, who contributed to the IPCC reports that won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Joel Clement, a policy analyst at the Department of Interior, filed a whistle-blower complaint with the Office of Special Counsel alleging that his reassignment to an accounting position was retribution for speaking out about the dangers of climate change.
The State Department said the United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Across party lines, a majority of registered voters say corporations and industry should do more to address global warming (74% of all registered voters; 89% of Democrats, 75% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans).
A recent study finds that majorities of Americans in all 50 states and all 435 Congressional Districts support setting strict carbon dioxide emissions limits on coal-fired power plants.
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