US election looms large over this week’s UN climate talks
U.N. climate talks open today against the backdrop of a U.S. election that could have a major impact on America’s role in the global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Given Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s diverging views on climate change and the landmark emissions pact adopted in Paris last year, some countries’ delegates have been blunt about their preferred outcome.
Brazilian Environment Minister Sarney Filho told reporters Thursday he believes American society supports climate action regardless of who becomes the next president. “However, on a personal note, I hope Trump doesn’t win,” he added.
Clinton backs the climate policies of President Barack Obama’s government, including continued engagement in the Paris Agreement. Trump, meanwhile, has expressed doubts about global warming and said in a speech this year that he would “cancel” the climate deal if elected.