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>> The United States will withdraw.>> President Donald trump famously said he was pulling out of a global deal on climate change and his cabinet openly doubts the science linking humans to global warming. But for all the rhetoric, Reuters found Trump officials and government scientists, in their work abroad, are still engaged in the push to combat climate change.
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Energy reporter Valery Volcovici is on the story.>> I think a lot of foreign counterparts were worried that there would be total disengagement from the United States. But what we're seeing is that it's not that easy to disengage from these international agreements despite the rhetoric. What we're seeing is that actually they're able to carry out the nuts and bolts and to continue with the climate change agenda of previous administrations.
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>> Since Trump took office, the US has helped draft the rule book for the Paris Climate Accords, boosted funding for clean energy projects overseas and contributed to research on the dangers of global warming.>> The United States sent a pretty sizable delegation of around 40 people to the last round of climate talks in Germany last December.
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So the US presence was still there, although was not in a leadership role in those negotiations.>> And it all comes as Trump pushes at home for more of the fossil fuels widely blamed for global warming.>> They have strategy called energy dominance. They're opening up a lot of federal land to oiling, gas leases both on shore and off shore.
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A lot of people are concerned that the emissions are going to rise again. And that kind of takes us further away from the global goal to keep the global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius.>> Now climate advocates are also concerned about the ouster of Rex Tillerson as the nation's top diplomat.
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>> Orderly and smooth transition.>> And the impact of CIA Director Mike Pompeo taking his place.>> So Tillerson has aways kind of supported the idea of global engagement on climate change and even though he was the CEO of ExxonMobil. Pompeo as the potential secretary of state, we know that he is a climate change denier.
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He's talked about his skepticism about climate change.>> So we're getting out.>> And although the US may remain in engaged on climate issues, under Trump, it has not committed to any policy changes that would conflict with his domestic energy agenda.