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French PM urges taxes on imports from countries snubbing climate pact

French PM urges taxes on imports from countries snubbing climate pact

"I will look at it very carefully, and I am leaving an open mind about it".

Mr Trump's notoriety as a climate change denier dates back to 2012 when he said in a tweet: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

"It also depends on how much it's going to cost our companies", he said, in response to questions about his climate policy. Such speculation has been rampant, particularly in context of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Morocco that concluded last week.

"Nixing funding for NASA's Earth Science Division would confirm our worst fears about the attitude of the incoming administration to evidence: if you don't like what you are hearing, shoot the messenger", said Myles Allen, a top climate scientist at the University of Oxford in Britain.

The Pentagon a year ago said that climate change is real and that it poses a threat to national security.

Now the future of that accord is in doubt.

During the campaign, Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris agreement but hedged when pressed on the issue Tuesday, saying he is "looking at it very closely" and has "an open mind".

Europe should impose tariffs on imports from countries that do not implement a global agreement for fighting climate change, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an opinion piece published on Wednesday.

For his part, Trump walked back claims he made on the campaign trail that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese to undermine U.S. manufacturing.

Trump's transition team also put out a video where the president-elect himself promised to get rid of "job-killing restrictions" on USA energy production through executive actions his first day in office. Ebell was one of seven people whose faces were recently featured in an activist campaign labeling them "Climate Criminals".

"There are people who think global warming is happening but just don't think it's a priority", Seth Rosenthal, a co-author of the report, tells the Monitor in a phone interview. "And, I believe that we should pursue energy policies based on the scientifically-supported view that abundant energy makes the world safer and the environment more livable, as well as the humanitarian view that affordable energy should be accessible to those who need it most, particularly the most vulnerable among us".

Climate negotiators started work Monday on implementing the Paris Agreement on global warming amid uncertainty over how the US election will impact the landmark deal as temperatures and greenhouse gases soar to new heights.

Gallup's annual environmental poll this year found that 64 percent of USA adults say they are anxious a "great deal" or "fair amount" about global warming, up from 55 percent in 2015.

The US delegation was heading into the United Nations climate summit two weeks ago as rock stars to numerous attendees gathering in Marrakech, Morocco.