Trump and Paris

...and Then There's Physics

So, Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. It’s not really a great surprise, but disappointing nonetheless. The thing that gets me is how inconsistent the arguments for leaving seem to be. I particularly liked David Roberts’s article which pointed out that the Paris climate deal can’t be both nonbinding and draconian. Similarly, people seem to justify leaving on the basis of the Paris accord not really achieving much. Well, it wasn’t intended to be the final step and if it isn’t achieving enough, surely the solution is then to do more, not less.

However, some of the claims of it achieving little are wrong. It’s suggested that it would only reduce global temperatures by a few tenths of a degree by 2100. However, this is only likely if, after 2030, we simply give up, and go back to increasing our emissions. As illustrated…

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