US elec­tion looms large over this week’s UN cli­mate talks

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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