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STATE DEPARTMENT

Bush-era climate figure a finalist for No. 2 slot

A leading candidate for the State Department's No. 2 slot is a George W. Bush-era diplomat who played a small role in laying the groundwork for the Paris climate deal.

Paula Dobriansky led the U.S. delegation in 2007 to U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, where the then-undersecretary of State for democracy and global affairs signed off on a "road map" that kept the international negotiating process alive to eventually deliver the Paris Agreement in 2015.

STATE DEPARTMENT

Rex Tillerson sworn in as top U.S. diplomat

Vice President Mike Pence last night swore in Rex Tillerson to become the 69th secretary of State, hours after the Senate narrowly confirmed the former Exxon Mobil Corp. chief to be America's top diplomat.

Tillerson takes the reins of an agency in turmoil and steps onto the international stage as foreign leaders struggle to come to grips with many of President Trump's recent foreign policy pronouncements.

STATE DEPARTMENT

3 D's and an I will put Tillerson over the top today

Former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to sail to confirmation as President Trump's secretary of State today with the help of three Democratic senators and an independent.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) are expected to join all of the chamber's Republicans in backing him for the top diplomatic job, drawing the ire of greens who have said a vote for Tillerson is a vote for Trump's international climate policy.

CALIFORNIA

More than 2,000 academics urge Trump to uphold Paris Agreement

More than 2,300 professors at the University of California have signed an open letter urging President Trump to uphold and advance U.S. commitments to reducing greenhouse gases.

The letter is circulating among academics via Google Docs. Written by an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Aaron Parsons, it aims to "express the degree to which the scientists and intellectual leaders of our state, speaking for themselves and not on behalf of their respective employers, agree on the facts of climate change."

WHITE HOUSE

French leader urges Trump to support global climate pact

The White House has avoided using the phrase "climate change" since Donald Trump took office. But that doesn't mean foreign leaders aren't trying to raise the issue with the president.

In a readout of Trump's call over the weekend with French President Fran├žois Hollande, the White House makes no mention of any discussion of the Paris Agreement. Trump has vowed to "cancel" the global climate deal that the United States and nearly 200 nations signed in the French capital in 2015.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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