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Trump U.N. pick Craft says climate change a threat to the planet


Kelly Craft testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


President Donald Trump’s pick to be United Nations ambassador acknowledged on Wednesday that climate change is a threat and pledged to recuse herself from any U.N. talks on the issue involving coal because her husband is a coal billionaire.


Speaking before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Kelly Craft - currently U.S. ambassador to Canada - also said fossil fuels were partly to blame. In 2017, Craft said she believed “both sides of the science” on climate change.


“Climate change needs to be addressed as it poses real risk to our planet. Human behavior has contributed to the change in climate, let there be no doubt,” she told the senators. “If confirmed, I will be an advocate in addressing climate change.”


Trump has rejected the science on climate change and two years ago announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to reduce global carbon emissions that scientists link to harmful climate change.



Reuters

19th June 2019

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