Friday, May 26, 2017

The world would be better off if Trump withdraws from the Paris climate deal

The conventional wisdom that the United States should remain under the Paris Agreement is wrong. A US withdrawal would be the best outcome for international climate action.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has argued the US should
 stay in the Paris climate agreement. But for the rest of the world,
 a US exit is better than staying reluctantly. 
With Trump set to decide on the matter after this week’s G7 meeting, his aides are split on the issue. Chief strategist Steve Bannon heads the faction pushing for an exit. Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson has argued for the US to retain a “seat at the table”.

It is within the president’s power to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and perhaps even the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has overseen global climate diplomacy for some 25 years.

In a commentary published in Nature Climate Change today, I argue that a US withdrawal would minimise risks and maximise opportunities for the climate community. Simply put: the US and the Trump administration can do more damage inside the agreement than outside it.


Read the piece on The Conversation by a Lecturer in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Australian National University, Luke Kemp - “The world would be better off if Trump withdraws from the Paris climate deal.”

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