Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Climate Change won’t go way – even though President Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Accord. The public support in the United States for action on climate change and in favour of the Accord is something President Trump did not expect.  Otherwise he probably would not have repeated his script writer’s memorable words that he …

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US drops out of the Paris Accord! What will the future bring?

Fast Forward to November 4th 2020.  The US Presidential Race is a close contest between Donald Trump and a Democratic challenger with sound environmental credentials. It is three years after Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Accord.  November 4 2020 is the date when its withdrawal is effective. Those years have been satisfactory …

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The Morality of Getting Out!

In an audience with Pope Francis, Donald Trump received a copy of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si.  This Encyclical powerfully states the moral case for actions to reduce Climate Change. Trump would not have to read the whole Encyclical to identify the moral case. Quoting Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Encyclical (Paragraph 9) tells …

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Re-Negotiating NAFTA to cover Climate Change

In the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised that if elected he would pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To avoid this extreme result, the other NAFTA parties, Mexico and Canada, recently proposed a re-negotiation of NAFTA.  President Trump agreed, and identified specific sectors, such as softwood lumber, dairy …

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Get Ready for it!

When President Trump was elected, 4RG anticipated that the US would not contribute anything useful to the development of international climate change policy and sound environmental measures over the next 4 years. In fact the future effort to check climate change may be more seriously effected. We expect that tomorrow (or soon thereafter) the US will formally withdraw …

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NAFTA and Climate Change

  In his election campaign, President Trump stated that he would “tear up” the Paris Accord.  More recently he has criticized the Accord for imposing on the US a high level of pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an United Nations institution that finances impoverished countries to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. He …

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