Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
The Trump Administration wreaked havoc on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that brings together eight nations and six Arctic Indigenous organizations to discuss issues impacting the melting top of the globe. As InsideClimate News reports, the cooperation among members that had been in place since it was established in 1996, broke down under the Trump administration due to its contrarian climate denial demands and erratic actions, which was made absurdly clear by Secretary of State Pompeo when hosted a meeting of the Council in 2019.
Why this Matters: With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, it’s especially imperative to have international collaboration on how to navigate the changing realities. Melting sea ice means that Arctic shipping lanes are increasingly open, creating more emissions. Ocean acidification threatens unique marine life that thrives in its cold waters. It’s important for the Arctic Council to end the debilitating climate denial of the Trump era on these issues that desperately need regional cooperation and action. The new administration will inherit relationships to mend as the Council continues producing scientific reports and creating binding agreements to take on climate change where its impact is being felt so severely.
How Bad Did Things Get? Bad
U.S. negotiators followed Trump’s climate denial, to the point of not allowing the words “climate change” in joint documents.
The administration had a blatant lack of comprehension and respect for Arctic culture.
Instead of approaching Arctic diplomacy as a cooperative effort, the administration treated it as “a zone of conflict and somewhere the U.S. should seek to expand their influence at the expense of diplomacy and cooperation,” Whit Sheard, the president of the Circumpolar Conservation Union told InsideClimate News.
For the first time since the Council’s origin, there was no Arctic Council declaration — a summary of the past two years of work and an indication of what’s to come — because the US didn’t sign the document. That came after the US State Department proposed changes to the declaration that minimized climate change.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation campaigns on climate change after an undercover video released this summer showed an ExxonMobil lobbyist admitting that the company had fought against climate science. Executives from several big oil companies, the American Petroleum […]
The Biden administration has reached out to Congress on everything from a solar power blueprint to an infrastructure plan with tax incentives for clean energy which the President has called an “economic imperative and a national security imperative.” But the GOP has turned their trunk up at all of it — making the GOP refusal of otherwise bipartisan, common-sense measures an […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the United States and the EU will convene to announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions. This announcement will occur after a virtual, closed-door climate summit in preparation for the COP26 this November. “We are grateful to be working with the European Union and partner countries […]
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.