David Victor Paris Agreement

April 9, 2021

We call this approach to climate change cooperation experimental governance. It is in stark contradiction to most diplomatic efforts, which so far have little to complain about with global warming. Given that climate change is inherently a global problem, the architects of global climate treaties felt that solutions should be global from the outset. Given that reducing emissions is costly and that each nation is tempted to evade its responsibilities and pass on costs to others, climate diplomats felt that no one would work together unless all were bound by the same obligations. These assumptions suggest that the scope of climate change agreements should be comprehensive and legally binding. At the same time, the UN General Assembly – the legal body that approved the Permanent Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1990, the motherland of any global climate agreement since then – has said that no climate agreement should encroach on a nation`s sovereignty. In this logic, the UNFCCC demands a binding consensus among all sovereign members – a global pact that does not leave global formal decisions more ambitious than the less ambitious ones allow. Yes, there is broad consensus within the scientific community, although some deny that climate change is a problem, including politicians in the United States. When negotiating teams meet for international climate talks, “there is less skepticism about science and more disagreement about how to set priorities,” said David Victor, professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego. The basic science is that countries are starting to put in place systems that help control emissions.

That is what the Paris agreement is all about, about the talks in Poland this week and next week. But it will take time before we bring it to the association. Our tax law is moving forward in Congress, and I think it`s going very well. I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised. Republicans work very, very hard. We`d like to have the support of the Democrats, but maybe we have to do it alone. But it`s going very well. The Paris Agreement is hampering the U.S.

economy to receive praise from foreign capitals and global activists who have long sought prosperity at the expense of our country. You don`t put America first. That`s what I do, and I always will. There are also serious legal and constitutional issues. Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia and around the world should have no more to say about the U.S. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives. That is why our withdrawal from the agreement is a reaffirmation of America`s sovereignty.1 Our Constitution is unique among all the nations of the world, and it is my supreme commitment and greatest honor to protect it.