Three ways Trump crippled the Paris climate accord

Dec 06, 2018, 7:57 AM EST
Donald Trump’s move to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal reversed the immediate downturn in fossil fuel investments.
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On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, unleashing a cocktail of direct and indirect consequences that have since crippled the landmark accord.

A new report by Joseph Curtin of the Institute of International & European Affairs details three ways how the “Trump Effect” hamstrung the progress of the Paris climate deal and the entire international climate action, writes Eco Watch.

Trump’s move to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal reversed the immediate downturn in fossil fuel investments, provided a moral and political cover for others who wished to exit the accord and turned international negotiations on climate “sour.”

On the brighter side, the departure of world’s second-largest carbon polluter from the accord spawned a broader coalition of several thousand businesses, cities and states in America, which pledged to stay aboard with the global community fighting the climate change, notes The Guardian.

 

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