President Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, is not only a real estate mogul and billionaire heiress, but also (apparently) an accomplished climate scientist.
The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump has put his daughter in charge of reviewing the US’s role in the Paris climate accords, given her lifelong career of pursuing scientific solutions to climate change around the world.
While she typically spends most of her time as one of the top executives at the Trump Organization, hawking real estate in countries like Azerbaijan and the Philippines, Ivanka’s years spent studying the movement of ice shelves in Antarctica will likely serve her well as she makes the decision on whether or not the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases will commit to its earlier promise to transition to sustainable energy sources in the coming decades.
Donald Trump made pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. However, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner — who is one of President Trump’s top advisors — are apparently fans of the climate deal, and will likely find a way for the United States to remain. The chief motivator for the US to keep its promise is apparently the insistence of American corporations who are worried their businesses will suffer as a result of climate change.
In an interview with reporters in London earlier this year, Trump aide Myron Ebell, who supervised the EPA’s presidential transition process, said that the President would “definitely” pull out of the Paris Agreement as recently as January 30 of this year.
“The U.S. will clearly change its course on climate policy. Trump has made it clear he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” Ebell said. “He could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package.”
The Trump administration will have to decide relatively soon on the future of the United States’ role in the Paris accords, as fellow G7 countries will likely need an answer by the time they meet in Sicily later this month.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.