Freeland praises Tillerson’s work on Arctic Council climate change statement

Normangee Star posted an article titled, “Freeland praises Tillerson’s work on Arctic Council climate change statement.” The article reads in part as follows;

“‘After the Ministerial Meeting, its participants will adopt a declaration in which all Arctic states will be expected to reaffirm their commitment to peace, stability and cooperation in the Arctic’. High-level officials from the world’s eight Arctic n. The Trump administration is in turmoil over whether to fulfill the president’s campaign pledge to pull out of a historic worldwide agreement to address climate change, and has postponed a decision at least until late this month.

Arctic Council foreign ministers, (L-R) Iceland’s Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Anders Samuelson of Denmark, Sweden’s Margot Wallstrom, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Norway’s Borge Brende, Finland’s Timo Soini, Canada’s Christina Freeland and chief US delegate Judy Garber pose for a family photo in Fairbanks, Alaska, on May 11, 2017.

Earlier, Tillerson said the Trump administration was still reviewing its climate change policies, notwithstanding his signature on the Arctic Council’s latest declaration.

We’re appreciative that each of you has an important point of view and you should know that we are taking the time to understand your concerns. Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland want the statement to make reference to the Paris accord, while United States officials have reportedly sought to have those references left out.

All eight Arctic State Minister-level Representatives are set to review and authorize work achieved under the two-year U.S. Chairmanship, that aims to boost sustainable development and environmental protection in the polar region. But the Trump administration is now debating whether to pull out of the global Paris agreement to limit carbon emissions.”

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