Mag: ‘The UN Paris Agreement Is Burning’ – Trump’s EPA climate reversal ‘will basically render UN agreement null’


By: - Climate DepotMarch 30, 2017 5:16 PM

New Republic – BY EMILY ATKIN

[Trump’s EPA executive order] will basically render the Paris agreement null. Leading climate scientists and climate policy experts told me the order—paired with Trump’s recent indication that he wants to undo car fuel efficiency standards—will leave the U.S. unable to meet its commitments under the international accord. And if the country that has historically emitted the most carbon over the course of its lifetime doesn’t meet its commitments, it’s unlikely other nations will, either.

“If we pull back from the Clean Power Plan, and especially if we roll back vehicle fuel efficiency standards, we have almost no hope of reaching our Paris climate commitments,” said Robert Jackson, chair of the Earth System Science department at Stanford University, who has published research on the Paris agreement’s effectiveness.