Policy Snapshot: Understanding the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier this week I posted about to what extent the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement matters. I wrote a separate blog post over at HARC, a sustainability focused research institute in The Woodland, TX.


Here is an excerpt…


On Thursday, June 1st, President Trump and his Administration withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Agreement was signed December 2015 by 195 countries during COP 21 in Paris (the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties). The Agreement went into effect October 2016 with the ratification by the European Union. Currently, 147 countries have ratified the agreement.

The Trump Administration’s justification for the withdrawal was based on the argument that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), i.e. carbon reduction goals, placed the United States at an economic disadvantage on the global stage. According to the Administration, the INDCs would require the federal government to adopt carbon-reducing policies and regulations that would limit economic growth. Further, the Administration argued that economic rivals, including China and India, would have an advantage over the United States because their specific pledges were significantly less onerous.

Finish the article at this link


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Gavin Dillingham

Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at HARC a sustainability research institute in The Woodlands, TX. Work on climate adaptation and investment strategies for resilient infrastructure.

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