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Why Concerns About Trump's Paris Accord Pullout Are Overblown

02 Juin 2017

Marilyn Brown, the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, explains the ramifications of Trump's decision for the US and the world and discusses the rise of the Carbon Dividend Plan.

Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama enacted the deal without Senate ratification. But India and China contended that their economies, which are less developed than the US, aren't yet ready to cut emissions in absolute terms.

Some U.S. states, including California, Washington and NY, have vowed to continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continue engaging in the worldwide climate agreement process.

Trump's decision sparked an instant wave of indignation both at home and overseas, with Obama saying the move meant the USA was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future".

With a $20 tax, Carbon dioxide emissions would drop by 24 percent below the forecast level in 2025 and by 35 percent below US emissions in 2005.

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The U.S. will now be one of only three countries out of 197 nations that isn't signed onto the agreement, with the other two being Nicaragua and Syria. "We call on countries, states, investors and businesses around the world to mobilise investment in the green economy and create a sustainable future for all".

"While the USA decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies", said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "They're going to withdraw US participation in the treaty".

It is the second occasion when the United States has walked out of a global climate deal after endorsing it and on both occasions, it was a decision by a Democrat president that was overturned by his Republican successor.

"And so removing themselves (the U.S.) in that symbolic act does make a difference on climate terms", Boykoff said. One of those is the possible rollback of vehicle efficiency standards.

"I remain committed to the Paris Agreement and working with other world cities on solutions to tackling emissions, harmful pollutants and safe guarding the environment". That number may sound small, but that's because not numerous vehicles affected by those efficiency standards will be on the road in 2025. Even many of Trump's own advisers support the deal, according to The New York Times.

Trump's move raises major questions for not just the environment but the world of business as well. Here's what you need to know.

What to watch for is whether the president pushes to relax emissions and fuel efficiency standards for cars and / or modify the U.S. Clean Power Plan.

It's important to note that the Paris accord is only as strong as each nation's actual reduction in emissions.

Without the USA administration on board, the goal may move even further out of reach. Trump has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.

The ultimate Paris goal is still not beyond reach for the USA, according to some experts. "[The report presents] one of the more pessimistic views in terms of what could happen", says Noelle Selin, associate director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology and Policy Program. It would do so by embracing fracking and a dying coal industry over the jobs-creating markets for wind and solar power. For instance, the Los Angeles Times reported, California Gov.

Trump did not confirm the decision, but said he would make an announcement "over the coming days". "At present it looks like the administration's ability to enact policy is pretty weak". He said it would have to force deeper cuts from other countries.

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Former Vice President Al Gore, who made the climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", said that removing the USA from the agreement is a "reckless and indefensible action".