Six more US scientists selected for Macron’s ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ program
French President Emmanuel Macron’s climate science initiative “Make Our Planet Great Again” has attracted six more U.S.-based scientists to do their research in Europe.
CNN reported Wednesday that the six U.S.-based scientists were selected as part of a larger group of 14 given grants to study climate science and biodiversity.
The grant winners hail from U.S. universities like Duke, Yale, Florida State and MIT.
The $70 million initiative was created last year after President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.
The joint initiative between France and Germany offers the international community an opportunity to conduct their research at European institutions.
Trump said he pulled out of the international agreement because it was “unfair” to U.S. interests. The U.S. is the only country in the world that is not supporting it.
However, Macron predicted last month that the United States will rejoin the agreement soon.
“I’m sure, one day, the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement. And I’m sure we can work together to fulfill with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment,” Macron told a joint session of Congress.
The earliest the U.S. could actually leave the agreement is November 2020.