The U.S. panel's premise - that fossil fuels can be made "clean" through innovation - stands at odds with recommendations from scientists who say countries should transition to renewable energy sources as soon as possible or risk catastrophic levels of global warming by the end of the century.
Since the Trump admin released a blockbuster report on Black Friday outlining the dire environmental and economic impacts of climate change, it has made a series of policy and diplomatic decisions that appear run counter to all of the warnings.
Brazil's new environment minister believes that global warming is "secondary", that many environmental fines are "ideological" and has been accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.
The world's poor are being encouraged to take out insurance against climate-related disasters. But as the logic of some schemes unravels, those who profited least from fossil fuels are left paying for their damage.
For 30 years, the Brazilian government has been monitoring the extent of logging in the world's largest rainforest. What began with huge photos on paper is now digital — and yet trees are still being felled.