The Paris Agreement On Climate Change Analysis And Commentary

On June 1, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the country`s withdrawal from the “Paris Deal” because it “disadvantages the United States” and because it is unfair to American businesses and taxpayers, as Trump remarked in his speech in the White House Rose Garden. Reactions from the domestic and international political community and the media were immediate and Trump`s decision was widely criticized and condemned (Watts & Connolly, Reference Watts and Connolly2017). But what does this resignation announcement mean? Does this mean that the US is simply withdrawing from the deal and making it implode? The first pages of the book answer this question quite simply: no, it is unlikely to implode. Indeed, climate protection, adaptation and, ultimately, climate protection go far beyond state action, but are reflected at all levels of society, municipalities, the private and non-governmental sectors (p. 25). Let us now look at the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, which President Trump is weakening to the point that he is ready to conclude another, fairer agreement with the United States. This volume also discusses in detail the institutional provisions of the Agreement. To this end, withdrawal is also covered, briefly, but succinctly.

And it is clear here that the announcement of a US withdrawal and renegotiation, at least for now, has only a political purpose and has no legal basis. Indeed, in accordance with the provisions of Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, the withdrawal will take effect no earlier than 4 November 2020.