“I think they are going to create mischief, and I think this little trial balloon was an example of that mischief,” he said, referring to the Montreal meeting.
“The president has spoken, but he hasn’t enforced discipline, and so I think we will continue to see these outbreaks until he does,” said Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Paris Agreement issue reportedly split the Trump administration. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Tillerson reportedly supported staying in the deal, while EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon were among the leave camp.
The Trump administration could work with foreign partners on specific issues related to climate change, but a comprehensive effort that aligns with the Paris Agreement appears to be out of the question, said David Konisky, associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
“There are no policies that would make that happen. Everything we’ve seen has been retrenchment,” Konisky said.
The White House has systematically dismantled Obama-era climate initiatives that underpinned U.S. Paris Agreement goals and plotted a course to “energy dominance” on the back of fossil fuel development.