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Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office from Rose Garden

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Analysis & Opinions - PBS NEWSHOUR

The Economics (and Politics) of Trump's Paris Withdrawal

| June 06, 2017

"The announcement on June 1 by President Donald Trump that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement was misguided, and the justifications Trump provided were — at best — misleading and, to some degree, simply untruthful. Withdrawing from the Paris agreement will be damaging both to the United States and the world. Sadly, Trump's withdrawal announcement makes clear that the president has little understanding of the nature of the agreement, the process for withdrawal, or the implications of withdrawal for the United States, let alone for the world."

Angel of Independence monument, lit up in green in Mexico City

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Why Trump Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Accord

| June 05, 2017

"...Trump's decision to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate agreement was not based on science or sound economics, but on a confused, misguided, and simply dishonest desire to score some short-term political points with his voters. What he sacrifices in the long term will be immensely more difficult for the country to win back at the ballot box: authority, credibility, and influence."

 Coal-fired Plant Scherer

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Analysis & Opinions - WGBH News

Goodbye Paris, Hello Nicaragua: Why Trump's Withdrawl From The Climate Accord Is Bad For America

| June 02, 2017

"Trump's decision is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state around the world, as well as corporate leaders in the United States, and some key senior officials within his own administration. The idea, as the president mentioned, is to save jobs, but removing ourselves from this hard-won climate agreement will have no meaningful impact on employment. Those much talked about coal jobs are not coming back."

tanker truck passes an oil refinery

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Analysis & Opinions - Sacramento Bee

California's Climate-change Advances Could Be Jeopardized by Ill-conceived Senate Bill

| May 09, 2017

"Like efforts in Washington to undo Obamacare, state Senate Bill 775 is, in effect, a 'repeal and replace' of the state's effective and low-cost cap-and-trade system. The current program is not broken. In fact, it is the most carefully designed cap-and-trade system in the world. California's greenhouse gas emissions are declining, and compliance is near 100 percent."


 

Marines stand near an artillery piece that links to solar panels during an exhibition of green energy technology in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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Analysis & Opinions - PBS NEWSHOUR

Why the U.S. Should Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement

| Apr. 27, 2017

It was reported that today there would be a meeting in the White House where the President's key advisers will discuss whether the United States should remain a party to the Paris climate agreement. With this in mind, the authors reflect in this essay on the history of international climate negotiations, observe why this is a pivotal moment, and explain why they think that the United States should remain in the Paris agreement.

Emissions from coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

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Policy Brief - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The United States and the Paris Agreement: A Pivotal Moment

| April 2017

The authors break down the reasons for the United States to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, arguing that the benefits far outweigh any potential costs. The Agreement gives the United States a seat at the table, and the ability to influence international policy on climate change, showing that the United States is open and willing to cooperate.

Analysis & Opinions - PBS NEWSHOUR

What Does Trump's Victory Mean for Climate Change Policy?

| November 11, 2016

"...[T]here are a myriad of subnational climate change policies, ranging from AB-32 in California to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast. It is not a coincidence that there is a high — although not perfect — correlation between these states and those Hillary Clinton won in the election."

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Goodbye to the Climate

| November 9, 2016

"If he lives up to his campaign rhetoric, Mr. Trump may indeed be able to reverse course on climate change policy, increasing the threat to our planet, and in the process destroy much of the Obama legacy in this important realm. This will make the states even more important players on this critical issue."