Ahead of Paris climate deal withdrawal, Trump admin makes $1.2B investment in oceans

Less than two weeks before the Trump administration is expected to formally begin withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, its top diplomat for the environment has announced $1.21 billion for the oceans.

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The new funding, intended to create a "sustainable blue economy" that protects the world's oceans, is emblematic of the administration's efforts to address environmental degradation without taking the action scientists say is needed to combat climate change, even as it devastates the oceans.

"We all want to leave our grandchildren a healthy planet," a senior State Department official told ABC News.

Oil flows toward the ocean from an inland oil spill near Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline near Refugio State Beach, spreading over four miles within hours.

But the White House has slashed regulations on methane and greenhouse gas emissions, coal power plants, offshore drilling, fracking, fuel efficiency standards, oil pipelines, habitat protection, logging, endangered species, clean water, light bulbs and more. The administration has also slashed funding for the United Nations' Green Climate Fund and proposed cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Energy D....

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