TBT: Macron Welcomes U.S. Climate Innovators to ‘Flee Trump for France’
In the days before he was sworn in as the youngest French president since Napoleon, climate news feeds were recirculating Emmanuel Macron’s comments last February, encouraging desperate U.S. climate scientists and clean energy entrepreneurs to turn to his country for refuge.
“I do know how your new president has now decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, as he is extremely skeptical about climate change,” Macron said last February, in what ClimateHome interpreted as “a strong rebuke” to the Trump administration. By contrast, then-candidate Macron added, “I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue.”
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In his inauguration address yesterday, Macron pointed to climate change as one of the key challenges his country faces, alongside terrorism, authoritarianism, and the search for solutions to a global migration crisis. “We will take all our responsibilities to provide, every time it’s needed, a relevant response to big contemporary crises,” he said.
For his February statement, Macron turned to Twitter and directed himself to the #ScienceMarch hashtag. “A message for you guys,” he wrote. “Please, come to France, you are welcome, it’s your nation. We like innovation, we want innovative people, we want people working on climate change, energy, renewables, and new technologies.”