Pelosi flouts Trump at climate conference on Paris agreement: 'We are still in'

"Senate Republicans and the president have met this historic effort with inaction and resounding silence."

In 2015, the U.S. joined nearly every other nation in supporting the accord, which called for keeping the global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius before the end of the century.

Just before Monday's meeting in Madrid, the U.N. offered what it called "bleak" findings as it warned that the world was headed toward global "extinction" and would need to increase its efforts "fivefold" if nations wanted to reach the Paris temperature reduction goal.

Pelosi's presence in Madrid is likely a signal that her chamber would continue pushing emissions reductions legislation whether or not Trump wins reelection in 2020. Amid a wave of climate protests, Pelosi herself came under fire for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Although Pelosi backed H.R. 9 and set up a select committee on climate change, she's downplayed the possibility that her chamber would pass the Green New Deal that is championed by progressives.

In November, Pelosi faced protests in her office and a letter from nearly 260 groups requesting that she and Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., the chair of the climate committee, pursue policies like the Green New Deal instead of "incremental or isolated policy tweaks."

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