President Donald Trump has announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. His decision makes the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, only the third nation to not sign on to 2015’s landmark deal. The move creates uncertainty around not only global climate change cooperation, but also U.S. leadership on the international stage, as countries including China, Russia, and India have signaled their intention to stay the course with their commitments. On June 6, the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate hosted a conversation on what Trump’s withdrawal means going forward. Speakers from across the Institution’s research programs gave their takes on impacts ranging from clean power and the domestic energy industry to U.S. foreign policy. Lisa Friedman, editor of ClimateWire, moderated the panel and audience Q&A.
Former Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program
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[The economic and political turmoil in Pakistan has shifted attention away from the heavy rainfall and delayed the government’s response to the floods.] People weren’t focusing on [the rainfall] so things that should happen in a disaster, like getting the word out for people to evacuate from areas where there was going to be flooding, didn’t happen. [The economic problems are also likely to affect the government’s ability to shelter the displaced and rebuild what was destroyed.]