Senate Panel Defies Trump, Votes To Fund UN Climate Change Agency
Donald Trump has constantly called climate change a hoax and doesn’t see it as a threat to our world. On Thursday, a Senate committee defied Trump and voted to contribute $10 million to the United Nations’ climate change agency.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16 to 14 to approve the amendment authored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) that offers to restore funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in the State Department appropriations bill.
Merkley said at the committee meeting Thursday to vote on the bill that the amendment “fits in with Secretary [Rex] Tillerson’s desire that we both continue to monitor the changes in the world’s climate and that we keep a seat at the table.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) showed her support for the amendment.a
“This is important,” she said. “You know, the world’s at risk.”
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney approved of Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris climate agreement, calling that and other climate change funding wasteful.
“As to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward — we’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that,” Mulvaney said