Published:  12:08 AM, 14 November 2017

Dueling US delegations at UN climate talks


The office of the official US delegation at the international climate talks here is almost always closed. A sign taped to the door informs the curious that entry is for authorized staff only.

But there is another group of Americans who are happy to be found. They are gathered in a nearly 27,000 sq ft inflatable tent adorned with US flags and red, white and blue signs proclaiming that states, cities and businesses are "still in" the Paris agreement despite President Donald Trump's vow to leave it.

The alternate United States pavilion, with its free espresso truck, tins of themed M&Ms and wireless Internet that tells new users "the US has not gone dark on climate action", has rapidly become a hub of activity at the ongoing United Nations global warming negotiations, reports NY times.

The dueling US delegations mirror a larger division within the US over climate change. Trump's decision in June to withdraw from the Paris agreement was popular with his supporters.


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