President Donald Trump’s protectionist “America First” trade policy has stoked significant fear about the prospect of a trade war. With temperatures already running high, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement may be the spark that ignites one. There are four reasons why.
A Look at Climate Policy Beyond the U.S.
After months of speculation, President Donald Trump announced Thursday his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Now that it is a reality, it is important to understand what this decision will and will not change about global governance on climate change issues.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s skepticism of climate change guarantees that his administration will cede global leadership on the issue. The fact that China, the world’s largest emitter, is willing to pick up the mantle seems like good news for the planet. But it is too soon to breathe easy.