Trump team asks State Dept. what it spends on international environmental efforts

“’While I don’t expect President Trump to lead on international climate finance, U.S. programs that support low carbon development abroad will not disappear as some fear,’” said Nigel Purvis, who served in the State Department under both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and now heads the D.C. consulting firm Climate Advisers. Purvis’ position is based on the following argument: Programs that promote U.S. clean energy exports to developing countries are likely to continue because they are good for American companies. Furthermore, efforts to create more resilient societies can be defended on national security and humanitarian grounds rather than as climate adaptation, and international forest conservation programs tend to be popular with liberals and conservatives in Congress, he said.

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