What Cal Experts Are Saying About the Paris Climate Accord Exit

Today, standing amongst the vibrant natural beauty of the White House Rose Garden, Trump said America will be “getting out” of the Paris Accord, an agreement among 195 countries to gradually reduce climate change to protect nature. Feeling the heat of this decision, UC Berkeley professors take to the Internet to explain what “getting out” of the agreement will get us into.

+ Robert Reich, the chancellor’s professor of public policy at Berkeley who has long opposed many of Trump’s policies, wrote that this withdrawal will “anger America’s other allies around the world and produce a wave of anti-Americanism” all to Russia’s advantage. He added that “nothing would satisfy [Putin] more than isolating the United States.”

And, today, in a Facebook post addressed to “the rest of the world,” Reich wrote (on America’s behalf):

“We apologize. We understand our responsibilities as human beings who share this planet with you. This is temporary. Donald Trump doesn’t reflect the views of most Americans. Most of us didn’t even vote for him. We are doing everything we possibly can to remove him from office as soon as legally possible. And when we do, America will once again be a responsible nation.”

+ Berkeley economist Solomon Hsiang describes the withdrawal as “bad business,” saying: 

“Putting national resources further into coal while China takes the lead in solar,” Hsiang says. “Is like investing in building a better horse-drawn carriage back when Henry Ford was investing in mass producing cars.”


+ And while technically the U.S. can’t pull out of the accord until November 2019, Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather says Trump has the option to withdraw from the treaty on which the accord was based—the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—and that proccess would take only a year.

The world can wait. 

— Krissy Eliot
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Global warming is a natural process caused by many non-human related factors. If one wants to place the blame on human activity, one needs to digest the following: California’s population in 1900, 1.5 million; California’s population today, 39+ million. (What is 2116 going to look like?) Run the growth numbers for India, China, Brazil and many other countries. Maybe the conversation should be about unchecked population growth and not about expensive carbon credits or the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement will make the rich richer and the poor poorer. (Increased taxes and the increased cost of goods.)
Saying California’s population grew by 37.5 million over 116 years without accounting for planetary population shift through immigration is pretty bad math. Did the other countries grow less? Let’s attribute their emigrating populations back to them and see where we are, because where I live those 3 countries’ account for most of the faces I see.
Mr. Reich suggests that humans are causing climate change. Dropping out of the accord is the best thing the United States has done. Other major contributors, like chin a and India, are the biggest abusers. The dinosaurs didn’t have any effect on how the climate changed, what makes you believe we are so powerful to change climate, which is yet to be proven. It will happen regardless, wasted dollars donated to the accord could be better used for helping others live a life. California, with all of its pollution, are one of the greatest polluters in th USA, and yet the biggest complainers. I hope you separate your state from the rest of us, nothing but a bunch of whining snowflakes.
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