From portraying himself as rabid hater of climate change deal during campaign, President-elect Donald Trump has softened his stand by saying he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark worldwide accord to fight climate change.
Post-election tweet: "I think there is some connectivity". He also said he's keeping an "open mind" on the Paris climate accord. The president-elect's previous statements on climate change, which include saying that the concept was " created" by the Chinese, have put him at odds with most world leaders and an overwhelming majority of scientists. On that count, he was equally equivocal, indicating that he was anxious about "how much [doing something about it] will cost our companies" and the effect on American competitiveness.
Instead, though, the delegation was left at a loss for words about what's next after the surprise election of climate change denier, Donald Trump, for USA president.
Questions remain about whether even the Paris agreement will be sufficient.
"This Paris agreement... is irreversible, no one can get out of it", Mr. Hollande said during a speech in the south-west of France. "Safety is vitally important", Trump said.
Pulling out of the Paris deal was one of Trump's most high-profile pledges in the energy policy sphere on the campaign trail this year.
"It is another to say you are no going to lift a finger to implement your commitments".
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The announcement, made last week, came as the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) sat for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
In November 2012 he famously tweeted that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese" to undermine U.S. industry. Climate change, water scarcity and deforestation are serious threats to society.
Whether Trump's new-found willingness to rethink campaign promises to quit the fight against global warming is honest will show up in his appointments and policies, said Meyer. Trump's presumptive EPA pick, Myron Ebell, has made his name as a climate change naysayer, so any optimism as to Trump's policies should probably be kept in check.
Delegation head Jonathan Pershing said today that the group has not been contacted by the Trump transition team.
Climate researchers would not agree, at least when it comes to the science.
This is cause for guarded optimism: guarded because Trump has been known to change his position on issues from week to week, or even day to day, optimism because if he sticks with the new position it's good news not just for the country but for planet. "And if they are energised, I want to look into it and find out why".