White House To Meet With ‘Key’ Countries Before UN Climate Summit

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Chief White House economic advisor Gary Cohn will meet with climate and energy officials from about a dozen countries before the U.N. assembles next week, The New York Times reports.

Invitations to “an opportunity for key ministers with responsibility for these issues to engage in an informal exchange of views and discuss how we can move forward most productively” were sent to countries with dominant economies, the invite read according to TheNYT.

“It is too early to say what may come out of the meeting, but it shows that the U.S. is keen to engage with key countries,” a diplomat told TheNYT. “If the U.S. expresses its clear intent on addressing climate change issues at the meeting, that would be a positive sign.”

The meeting’s purpose is to find a way Trump can cut emissions in the U.S. without impacting the economy, TheNYT reports.

President Donald Trump announced in June he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement on climate change, saying it was a poor deal for the environment and the American people.

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States,” Trump said.

The decision hasn’t been finalized, however. Withdrawal procedures in the agreement will not allow the U.S. to officially leave the agreement until November 2020, CNN reports.

Trump will consider staying in the agreement, if it can be reworked.

“I’m willing to immediately work with Democratic leaders to either negotiate our way back into Paris, under the terms that are fair to the United States and its workers, or to negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers,” he said in June.

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