we'll always have paris?
Here’s how Trump plans to scrap that Paris climate deal.
Rather than walk away himself, Trump would submit the agreement to the Senate for a vote. President Obama has avoided this step for obvious reasons, arguing it’s not needed because the Paris deal (which is not a trade deal) is a mostly non-legally binding agreement.
As Vox’s Brad Plumer notes, if Trump were to hand the deal over to the Senate to ratify, he would surely destroy it, while potentially getting a little less of the blame for it.
A September letter from 376 scientists warned this move would have “severe and long-lasting consequences … for the international credibility of the United States.”
Trump’s promise to defeat the Paris deal looms over the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Morocco (COP22), which begins a day before the U.S. election. As Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney said of a Trump administration on a COP22 press call, “a lot of our plans could change.”