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Stewart Patrick is the James H. Binger Senior Fellow and Director and Megan Roberts the Associate Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)Today US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Fairbanks, Alaska to attend the Arctic Council's tenth ministerial meeting. The meeting comes amid new research that climate change is reshaping the arctic much faster than expected, and as Trump administration officials engage in an unusually public debate about whether the United States will remain in the Paris climate agreement. After pledging to 'cancel' the agreement during his campaign, Trump has now softened his tone, noting that he had an open mind about the global agreement to limit the effects of climate change. Rival factions within the administration are pitted against one another as President Trump closes in on a decision expected later this month.