— A year into the presidency, the United States and its allies are trying to craft a vision for a new era of global engagement that could help forge an alliance with China to confront climate change.
But one thing they won’t be doing is taking the U.S. to court.
And, at the same time, there’s an increasingly grim picture emerging on Capitol Hill, where Senate Republicans have failed to get any of the legislation they want to advance.
Story continues below advertisementIt all started with a promise from Donald Trump.
He had already promised to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which he branded as a “waste of money” by some environmental groups.
Then in December, he signed a law aimed at rolling back federal protections for the clean air, water and climate that had been in place for nearly a decade.
And that same month, the U,S.
Supreme Court struck down parts of the landmark 1976 Clean Air Act that had helped keep the nation’s air clean.
It left Congress, and the Trump administration, in the dark.
A decade later, Congress has yet to pass legislation that will do much to reverse the global damage that has been done.
And in the meantime, a new generation of U.N. negotiators is looking for ways to build on the progress made under Trump.
“It’s a little bit different than it was before the Trump presidency,” said Tom Caruso, executive director of the World Resources Institute, an international environmental think tank.
“You have a president who’s more willing to take on the United Nations.
You have an administration that has not just been focused on the U to the detriment of the rest of the world, but has been focused to the benefit of China.”
While the Trump team has focused on climate change, its efforts have been more focused on addressing other global challenges such as human rights and drug addiction, according to two former senior U.K. diplomats who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“We’ve seen a number of attempts to address some of these other challenges and to make sure that the United Kingdom, for example, can continue to have access to our markets and access to the benefits of the trade relationship,” said one former U.A.E. official.
“But it’s not really a comprehensive strategy,” the official added.
“There’s no way to think about how we can work together and how we’re going to actually meet the challenges of climate change,” the former diplomat said.
“You have to look at it in terms of how do we get a climate agreement.
How do we put a price on carbon.
How are we going to make our economies more competitive?
How do you have a transition period where the economies will be sustainable?
How are you going to have a better deal for workers?
How is it going to affect economic growth and economic growth for consumers?”
The Trump administration has said that the Paris accord is only a starting point for its climate strategy and that the country will need to strengthen its global economy in order to meet the international targets.
“The Paris Agreement is an important first step in building a stronger, more sustainable and inclusive economy, one that provides jobs, security, opportunities and protection for the most vulnerable and voiceless people,” the White House said in a statement last year.
“In addition to building the capacity of our economy, the Paris Agreement will give nations an opportunity to demonstrate the kind of global leadership they need to build a more just and sustainable world.”
The Trump government has said it plans to “make the U a global leader in climate protection,” with the goal of building a global “coalition of the willing” to fight global warming.
But in recent months, the Trump White House has faced criticism for not doing enough to promote its vision.
“They’re not doing much of anything.
They’ve been quite a bit quiet,” said Paul Watson, executive vice-president of the Environmental Defense Fund, an environmental advocacy group based in New York.
Watson added that, despite the fact that it’s a major U.C.P.O. and has been endorsed by Trump, the White Trump administration hasn’t been doing much on climate.
“What’s really frustrating is that you have to have all these different things happening at once, and they’re all happening in a vacuum,” he said.
Watkins said that U.F.O.-style coalitions are not what U.O.’s climate leadership is about.
“I’m sure you’ve heard the term coalitions, but what’s really happening is they’re not coalitions at all,” Watson said.
“They’re alliances of countries working together to achieve their own goals, with the support of a president.
They’re not coalition building.”
The U.R.O., a global nonprofit group that advocates for climate change and the environment, says it has seen a steep drop in international climate efforts in the last year, which it attributes to Trump’s “disruptive and divisive”