U.S. State Department To Explore Changes To Obama-Era Order Requiring Consideration Of Climate Change In International Development Programs
Reuters: U.S. State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order
“The U.S. State Department said in a report released by the investigative arm of Congress on Thursday it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs. … The State Department said in the General Accountability Office, or GAO, report published Thursday that its foreign assistance and budget bureaus ‘will begin working with stakeholders to consider whether to recommend that the Secretary (Mike Pompeo) ask the President to rescind’ the order. The State Department’s comment came in response to a GAO recommendation that it improve guidance to foreign bureaus on the geopolitical risks of climate change. … The State Department said ‘it does not oppose’ the GAO’s recommendation. But if Trump reverses Obama’s executive order, it would not be required to improve the guidance…” (Gardner, 1/17).