Make America pollute again. Trump deciding to pull out of the Paris climate agreement will have aftereffects that will damage the US economy and the global environment, argues Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker. By moving away from policies that encourage research into clean energy technology, Trump will allow other countries, in particular China, to dominate this increasingly lucrative sector. This will hamper the economy and American job growth. Additionally, Trump is undermining the Paris deal’s legitimacy, which risks other countries taking it less seriously. This can impede a fight against pollution that would deteriorate the already suffering ecosystem.
The art of recognizing a bad deal. To begin with, the Paris climate deal was ineffective and would have held back the U.S. economy, holds Erick Erickson of The Resurgent. Having never submitted it to Congress, Obama didn’t make the accord obligatory, so none of its rules were guaranteed to be implemented anyway. The measures, which were voluntary, would have also hurt U.S. economic output with its overarching policy goals. Any U.S. strategy to limit pollution needs to be ratified by the Senate, which wasn’t done with the Paris deal. Trump opened the door to real action against climate change by leaving an agreement that was mainly ceremonial.