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Memo to the President: Support for Green Climate Fund Puts America First

Memo to the President: Support for Green Climate Fund Puts America First

A poll taken just after Trump’s announcement found that 57 percent of U.S. registered voters disagreed with his decision on Paris, while only 24 percent agreed. But public opinion is more divided about providing international climate finance. The same poll found that 48 percent do not support aid to help developing countries reduce their emissions, while only 32 percent do, and 20 percent are undecided. Clearly, Americans are wary of providing money for emission-reduction initiatives overseas. So what is the case for using U.S. taxpayer dollars to support the Green Climate Fund? The two of us are familiar with making that case. We represented the United States on the governing board of the GCF between 2013 and 2017. In that capacity, we worked abroad with leaders from other countries to design the GCF and make it operational. At home, part of our job was to provide budget ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/features/mr-president-support-for-a-...

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