[On the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius] By setting our goals with a single set of measures, we were making the climate problem more abstract. It was hard to see the progress people were making with that indicator.
[On the up-tick in U.S. subnational climate action among cities and states, following President Trump's intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement] That was already going on, but the Trump administration really put that on steroids.
[On the challenges toward U.S. sub-national action on climate change] We're still in the talking phase, in most cases. Symbolically, it is really, really popular to be announcing things about climate change. But the real work of solving the problem is very detailed infrastructure kinds of activity, and that's much, much harder.
[On the U.S. mission targeting ISIS founder Abu-Bakr al Baghdadi in Syria and President Trump's comments on oil in the region] It is one thing to engage in operations like yesterday’s kill — where you come and go more or less on your own terms. Totally different is operating an infrastructure needed to produce and market produced oil.