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New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S.

“The Trump administration has declared it will abandon the global climate change pact and make no effort to meet its voluntary target to curb planet-warming emissions. On Tuesday, President Trump repeated his claim that former President Barack Obama’s diplomats agreed to bad deals. . .

“Yet the United States cannot formally leave the accord until 2020, and in the interim administration officials have said they will continue to protect American interests, which essentially translates into helping to write the Paris agreement’s rule book. . . .

“Underscoring the mixed messaging from the Trump administration will be the defiant presence of American governors and mayors. A coalition of philanthropies led by Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, and Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist, was expected to announce on Wednesday that they will cover the approximately $200,000 costs of a pavilion to showcase efforts of American states, cities and businesses in meeting the goals of the Paris agreement.”

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