Archive for July, 2017

What Abandoning Paris Really Means

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

This piece was originally written as a Column for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It will appear in the August issue


The decision to back away from the Paris climate agreement is harmful to the United States’ interests. It is a setback for climate change risk management and a blow for U.S. leadership. But the move almost certainly makes very good sense politically for President Trump. That reveals a more systematic problem facing the country. Our policy process creates politically imperative decisions that are at odds with the nation’s interest. (more…)