GOOD RIDDANCE REX! Rex Tillerson...allowed career employees at State to continue their work on climate issues. “I didn’t see any evidence of interference from the secretary’s office to the positions taken by the negotiators,” said Andrew Light, a former State Department climate adviser.
GOOD RIDDANCE DAVE & GARY! Trump has said he wants to withdraw from the Paris agreement and renegotiate its terms. But the administration has now lost almost everyone capable of that work: A top international environmental policy adviser, George David Banks, resigned in February. Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, who negotiated directly with climate ministers from other countries, resigned in March. “Those are big losses that will take you a while to come back from,” said Connaughton.
GREAT! LET CHINA SEEK 'GLOBAL ENDEAVOR FOR ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION' WITHOUT U.S. HELP! The erosion of American engagement in climate diplomacy has already allowed China to become the de facto world leader on global environmental policy. China has become more assertive about climate leadership, with President Xi Jinping pledging last year to make the country the “torch-bearer in the global endeavor for ecological civilization.”
In 2017, the case for polar bear alarm has grown so weak that it appeared even climate activists were finally abandoning the animal as an icon for their cause. “There have been no new reports of falling polar bear numbers, and images of fat, healthy polar bears abound,” paleozoologist Susan Crockford noted. “A number of recent climate change reports even failed to mention polar bears in their discussion of Arctic sea ice decline...Crockford, “Even Al Gore seems to have forgotten to include the plight of polar bears in his newest climate change movie. The polar bear played a prominent role in his 2007 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, the polar bear example was left out of [2017’s] An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. It doesn’t even get a mention. After years of campaigners’ and researchers’ claims that populations were in terminal decline, the ‘canary in the coal mine’ has been retired.”
Die Welt’s energy journalist, Daniel Wetzel: "Now the results are in: No country in the world saved more CO2 in 2017 than the USA."
On USA’s impressive reductions, Wetzel called it “bizarre”: "Foremost a development emerged that was quite bizarre: Of all countries, the USA under President Donald Trump was the world’s most successful climate protector.”