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“The top climate change diplomats from the world’s nations will meet next week in Morocco to start discussing how to implement last year’s Paris climate agreement.
The conference, dubbed the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 22, will start the day before Election Day in the U.S., when voters could decide to elect Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has pledged to pull out of the pact.
Trump’s candidacy and a high-profile court battle over the future of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan are two major clouds over the conference, as diplomats from around the world fear the United States will not up to its commitments under the nonbinding accord.
But the Obama administration’s main representatives to the meeting aren’t deterred.
“I think there is a great deal of interest, not just domestically, but internationally, in terms of what the election outcome will be,” John Morton, director for climate and energy at the White House National Security Council, told reporters Thursday. “The candidates have very different views on climate.”
But Morton said countries around the world are starting to see the “inevitability” of transitioning toward clean energy, no matter what happens in the United States.