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.
Professor of Public Policy - George Mason University's Schar School of Public Policy
Senior Fellow - Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Senior Fellow - R Street Institute
Former Expert - Brookings Institution
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Brookings Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department Special Envoy on Climate Todd Stern spoke at the US Climate Action Center, at the COP 24 UN climate negotiations, on the future of the Paris Agreement in Katowice, Poland on December 10, 2018.
[On the U.S. negotiating team at the COP 24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland] They work seriously, effectively and knowledgeably. There is only this technical negotiating team, not a political one.
[On a Trump administration event on coal on the margins of the COP 24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland] It’s difficult for me to say how much a difference it will make in the negotiating room. They are doing some unhelpful things around the edges.