Tillerson: Trump will not rush U.S. climate policy review

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"Through the Arctic Council, we have a venue that has been doing very well in promoting global cooperation among all the eight nations, including Russian Federation".

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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demonstrated his support of the Paris accord on climate change when he signed the Fairbanks Declaration 2017 that followed a summit Thursday in Alaska to highlight global warming.

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting participants will adopt a declaration on the commitment of all Arctic states to peace, stability and cooperation in the Arctic, RIA Novosti reports, quoting the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department.

He added: "Anybody who spent time in or studying the Arctic knows that the region is warming, that climate change is a real issue here, and the Arctic Council has certainly been paying attention to it".

Tillerson signed the document.

In his opening remarks at the Arctic Council meeting on Thursday, Tillerson acknowledged the USA government is "currently reviewing several important policies, including how the Trump administration will approach the issue of climate change", but insisted the administration would not "rush" to decide.

"We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view", Tillerson said. "We're going to work to make the right decision for the United States", he said after deciding to sign the climate change declaration.

His administration has aggressively begun trying to dismantle numerous climate policies created under the Obama administration, including federal rules to phase out coal-fired power plants, increase restrictions on vehicle emissions and limit methane leaks from natural gas production.

"We are unsure what the Trump administration thinks about the Arctic region in general, about the Arctic Council in particular and about its role", said Victoria Herrmann, president of The Arctic Institute, a Washington, D.C. -based group that provides research to shape Arctic policy.

There were also fears that wider geopolitical tensions will develop in the Arctic as the US, Russia and China battle for oil and gas resources likely to be opened up by the melting of icecaps and unfreezing of waters.

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"We the tribes ask you to listen to our land", Joseph said, according to Reuters.

"The Paris climate agreement is the cornerstone for mitigating climate change", Soini said. He said indigenous people are fighting for the very survival of their way of life, and their young people have to be able to hunt and fish for their food. "I believe that we will see a continued American engagement and commitment to the Arctic".

"This is a document that was negotiated with the United States holding the pen".

In a ceremony Thursday morning, the US formally handed over the rotating chairmanship of the council to Finland. "It will be important that all countries implement this agreement and go even further", he said.

The Fairbanks Declaration was adopted at the meeting by the members of the Arctic Council, which includes countries with territory in the Arctic such as the United States.

"We've got a lot to do tomorrow", Tillerson warned guests at a dinner on the eve of the forum late Wednesday.