“The United States, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made”

Speaking at a U.N. climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Hollande praised U.S. President Obama for his role in getting the landmark pact adopted in Paris in 2015 and said France would lead discussions with Trump to ensure the deal remains in place.

Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that environmentalism is not his priority. Now, Climate scientists, policymakers and diplomats are questioning how his presidency will shape the future of climate change policy.

“The United States, the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made,” Hollande said, the Associated Press reports. “It’s not simply their duty, it’s in their interest.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, he said he would “scrap” much existing environmental regulation and bring back the ailing coal industry. He pledged to “cancel” the Paris deal, saying it put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage economically, especially to large developing nations like China that were less constrained on carbon emissions.

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