Climate change law in the time of Trump

Climate change law in the time of Trump
With US commitments to climate change emboldened by the personal commitment and executive power of Barack Obama’s presidency, what will President-elect Donald Trump mean for international dialogue and action? Milap Patel, program officer at Open Society Foundations, and formerly with the World Resources Institute, explains how much control rests in the White House.

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Donald Trump has previously claimed that he would ‘cancel’ US support from the Paris Agreement were he to become President. Do you think Mr Trump will attempt to follow through on these claims? Is it possible within the framework of the US legislative and judicial system?

Trump the candidate, and now President-elect, has given every indication that he intends to significantly weaken, if not outright extinguish, US support for the Paris Agreement. The very quick naming of Myron Ebell as head of the Environmental Protection Agency transition team, who denies mainstream climate science, indicates the importance Trump places on setting out an early policy position on climate. Sources from the Trump transition team have already confirmed their pursuance of mechanisms to withdraw. The legislative and judicial systems have very little to do with US ratification of the Paris Agreement, which is governed by a legally binding framework that, on the US side, rested on an executive order issued by President Obama. The agreement was not ratified by the US Senate and was not brought before the judicial system.

 The US has agreed and ratified the

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