Top United Nations officials: they're just like us. Nobody outside the administration—and maybe inside it either—knows at this point what will become of Trump's campaign pledge to abandon the Paris climate pact. UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said Monday evening that she hasn't gotten any signals from Trump-world either. After unsuccessfully trying to get a meeting in Washington with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently, it sounds like she's giving the administration some space.
"I think it is very clear that they need time to make their discussions, and to make their considerations," she told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.
The UN message: Onstage, Espinosa said the oil industry is making strides on low-carbon energy. "There are really many oil companies that have embraced this agenda," she said, later adding: "We are still not there in making this part of the DNA of the industry, but clearly we are moving in the right direction."
Our thought bubble: Whether or not this was her intent, highlighting the industry's work on global warming and major companies' support for Paris underscores how walking away from the deal would make Trump an outlier who sits to the right of even some huge fossil fuel behemoths.
And to save the deal, here's a quick Reuters story about EU foreign ministers pledging to "reinvigorate EU climate diplomacy"