2. Parsing Trump's UN response
President Trump expressed suspicion regarding the United Nations' new, landmark climate change report, saying that he'll look at the study but also wants to look at "which group drew it," Axios' Michael Sykes and Andrew Freedman report.
- It was the president’s first acknowledgement of the widely covered report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The intrigue: Yet, as their piece notes, representatives of global governments approved each word of the new report’s summary, including officials from the State Department. It was also co-authored by U.S. scientists — and the U.S. was one of the countries to request the new report when the Paris Agreement went into effect.
My thought bubble: Trump's response underscores a wider dynamic — while the White House plans to abandon the Paris agreement and agencies like EPA and the Interior Department are scuttling Obama-era climate work, other parts of the federal government are continuing to be involved.
- Also, Trump's unfamiliarity with it shows how climate change simply isn't really on the White House radar screen.
What Trump said:
"It was given to me. It was given to me. ... And I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it. Because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren’t so good. But I will be looking at it."
ICYMI: The report dives deep into the severe and deadly consequences the global community could face in just a few years if temperatures are allowed to move past 1.5°C, or 2.7°F, of warming relative to preindustrial levels.
- It also details preventive measures the world's governments can take.
- Trump, however, remains skeptical.