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US and them: America, the elephant in room at climate talks

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US at climate talks is elephant in the roomHow's this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on an agreement that the president wants no part of.

President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate pact where nations set their own goals to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases, but because of legal technicalities America can't get out until November of 2020.

"It's like having a guest at a dinner party who complains about the food but stays anyway," said Nigel Purvis, who worked climate issues in the State Department for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — and dealt with a similar situation.

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