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Celine Bak, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, hasn't lost hope that Trump may still get on board with climate action.

"The very best-case scenario would be for President Trump to sign onto [Merkel's] energy action plan. Perhaps that's not in the cards, in which case the agreement of 19 of the world's leaders would [still] be a very important accomplishment," she said.

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