Tracker: We’re letting you know when Trump’s Cabinet nominees talk about science and climate

Science | AAAS | 1/11/2017 | Staff
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This week marks the beginning of U.S. Senate hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to his Cabinet. Most, if not all, of the nominees are expected to win confirmation, which requires just 51 votes. ScienceInsider is keeping a watch to see if scientific issues – such as climate change – get much discussion, and what kind of reaction any comments draw. We’ll be updating periodically, with the most recent news at the top, so come back to see what’s happening.

“It’s encouraging that Tillerson recognizes that climate change requires a global response and that the U.S. must be at the table. But he must go further,” David Waskow, Director of International Climate Initiatives at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, said in a statement responding to some of Tillerson’s comments. “As the country’s potential top diplomat, Tillerson should understand that the U.S. needs to be a leader on climate change and honor its international commitments. The Paris Agreement is one of the singular achievements in international diplomacy in recent years, and the U.S. must continue to cooperate with the rest of the world in driving forward strong action on this urgent challenge. The vast majority of Americans want the U.S. to support the Paris Agreement and the international community expects the country to be a productive participant. This leadership is critical to U.S. diplomatic, economic and security interests. Senators should continue to press Tillerson to ensure the U.S. maintains its key role in tackling this issue.”

Senator - John - Barrasso - R-KY - Funding

Senator John Barrasso (R-KY) asked: “Will you commit that no funding will go to the UN Green Climate Fund?”

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The new administration will “look at things from the bottom up,” Tillerson responded.

Barrasso also advocated for more coal energy, especially in developing countries. Tillerson said he...
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