Global Climate Funds Targeted by Trump Team's Latest Questionnaire
Portending doom for U.S. involvement in critical international climate programs, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is reportedly probing how much the U.S. State Department spends on efforts to fight global warming.
According to the Washington Post, which cited “multiple people familiar with the matter,” the inquiry was included in a list of questions posed last week to the department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs—which itself is targeted for complete elimination in the House Freedom Caucus’s “First 100 Days” wish list, delivered to Trump last week.
“This probe seems like a prescient prelude for the anti-environment, anti-humanitarian State Department we can expect to see under a President Trump and a Secretary of State Tillerson.”
—Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth U.S.
The Trump team reportedly asked: “How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?”
This could refer to U.S. commitments to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which calls on rich nations to provide money and technology to help poorer countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, and is a key component of the Paris Agreement. It could also point to funding given to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The New York Times noted just this week: “Because climate change has become a common flash point in all international negotiations, the State Department is on the front lines of global efforts to fight rising temperatures.”
Trump’s own “100-day plan to Make America Great Again” called for canceling “billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs,” which he later clarified to mean “all wasteful climate change spending.”
And the transition team’s inquiry, to which the State Department has not yet responded, is especially “ominous” in light of Trump’s recent selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to head the department as well as his transition team’s recent attempt (later disavowed) to identify Energy Department employees who worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama.
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