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  Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:57 PM

US signs international declaration on climate change despite Trump's past statements

CONOR FINNEGAN
ABC News
5/11/17

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While President Trump has talked tough in the past about his skeptical views on climate change, his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue on the world stage in the early days of his presidency.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a document today calling climate change a “serious threat” to the Arctic and noting the need for action to reduce its potentially harmful effects.

The document, known as the Fairbanks Declaration, concluded Tillerson's chairing of a meeting of the Arctic Council, a board made up of indigenous groups and the eight countries bordering the Arctic, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While the council only has the power to issue advisories, the language in the statement signed by Tillerson comes in stark contrast to statements and promises made by President Trump about climate change.

Trump has repeatedly called into question the science behind climate change, even calling it a "very expensive hoax." During his 2016 campaign, Trump promised to pull out of the Paris accord and his administration has ordered cuts to funding for climate science and has slashed environmental regulations.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:14 PM

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:45 PM

The Franklin Declaration is an agreement among the eight members of the Arctic Council:

Canada
The Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands)
Finland
Iceland
Norway
RUSSIA
Sweden
The United States


We have ceded no rights nor any claims. Trump is trying to use this agreement to block the Russians. Especially after that 0ther President allowed the Russians to set up camp in Antarctica uncontested. With shrewd manipulation, this agreement may keep the Russians from doing fly-bys near Alaska and our navy.
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:02 PM

View Postgravelrash, on 12 May 2017 - 01:45 PM, said:

The Franklin Declaration is an agreement among the eight members of the Arctic Council:

Canada
The Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands)
Finland
Iceland
Norway
RUSSIA
Sweden
The United States


We have ceded no rights nor any claims. Trump is trying to use this agreement to block the Russians. Especially after that 0ther President allowed the Russians to set up camp in Antarctica uncontested. With shrewd manipulation, this agreement may keep the Russians from doing fly-bys near Alaska and our navy.


I agree. The text of the "Fairbanks Declaration" is here: Fairbanks Declaration 2017: On the Occasion of the Tenth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council. There's a whole lot of flowerly language that the parties "note" this or that, "recognize" this or that, "reaffirm" our commitment to "note with serious concern" whatever, and "adopt a framework" to encourage noting it in the future with even more serious concern, yada, yada, yada... but without anybody actually agreeing to DO diddly squat.

It takes real skill to put together a 2,824 word "declaration" that doesn't actually MEAN anything.
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