Remarks at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Remarks at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting


SECRETARY POMPEO: The Trump administration
shares your deep commitment to environmental stewardship. In fact, it’s one reason Chinese activity,
which has caused environmental destruction in other regions, continues to concern us
in the Arctic. The Arctic has always been a fragile ecosystem,
and protecting it is indeed our shared responsibility. Collective goals, even when well-intentioned,
are not always the answer. They’re rendered meaningless, even counterproductive,
as soon as one nation fails to comply. Regardless of whether our goal is in place,
the United States strives to operate with honesty and transparency. Though we are not signing on to the collective goal
for reduction of black carbon, America nonetheless recently reported
the largest reduction in black carbon emissions by any Arctic Council state. We are doing our part, and we encourage
other states to do the same, and to do so with full transparency.

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