Politico is out with an interesting feature on Ivanka Trump that points out she might be the first "first daughter" in history to eclipse the first lady in influence. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story is that it says she is planning to make climate change one of her "signature issues." While the president-elect considers the issue to be mostly bunk, Ivanka Trump disagrees, and a source tells Politico that she's already planning on how to make use of her public profile to push the issue. "If she can pull it off, her advocacy could come as a bit of solace to fearful Americans," writes Annie Karni. She adds that nobody is closer to Donald Trump than Ivanka, who remains in relatively good standing in elite liberal circles.
Meanwhile, an analysis at the New York Times might also soothe fears of those who think a Trump White House will be disastrous in terms of progress on global warming. The gist of the piece by Eduardo Porter suggests that even if Trump reneges on last year's Paris accord and kills Obama programs such as the Clean Power Plan, the momentum toward cleaner energy is impossible to stop. He cites a report by the Breakthrough Institute that suggests the importance of international treaties may be overstated when it comes to reducing carbon. The takeaway: "As long as [Trump] keeps the nation's nuclear power plants online, continues tax incentives for wind and solar energy, and stays out of the way of the shale energy revolution, 'the US might outperform the commitments that the Obama administration made in Paris,'" say the researchers. (Read more Ivanka Trump stories.)