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STATE DEPARTMENT

Spokesman: Warming is a 'threat'

The State Department's entire climate budget might not be slated for termination after all.

Mark Toner, the agency's acting spokesman, told reporters yesterday that the fiscal 2018 budget blueprint released by the White House last week is an effort to "rejigger" spending priorities, rather than a way to end climate diplomacy. The blueprint calls for the elimination of the Global Climate Change Initiative.

STATE DEPARTMENT

Climate diplomacy fund dies in budget blueprint

Climate change advocates say they are not optimistic about being able to save the $1.3 billion in international global warming assistance that President Trump would ax from the budget.

The fiscal 2018 blueprint that the Office of Management and Budget released yesterday would kill the Global Climate Change Initiative. The GCCI has been home for seven years to the most important U.S. climate diplomacy programs, from the Green Climate Fund to participation in the Clean Energy Ministerial for advanced energy technologies, the scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

CANADA

Enviro minister argues Paris Agreement is good for America

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna yesterday offered some advice for talking about climate change with business leaders and American Republicans: Focus on economics instead of the environment.

Speaking in Washington for the first time since President Trump's inauguration, during a trip to meet with U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other administration officials, McKenna said she honed her message while working with Alberta's oil and gas sector on Canada's newly minted climate change policy.

CANADA

Enviro minister to talk warming with Scott Pruitt

Climate change is on the agenda when Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna visits the United States today, though it's unclear how she'll broach U.S. plans to walk away from electricity carbon rules and perhaps the Paris Agreement.

McKenna, a strong supporter of the 2015 global agreement on warming, raised the deal during a call with new U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt earlier in the month. The mention earned her praise from greens after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apparently avoided the topic during his own February visit with President Trump.

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

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