Chapter 6: Paris: the end – or a new beginning?
A Forensic Analysis
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This concluding chapter argues that the Paris Agreement was a new beginning in global climate policy, but one that was jeopardized because of the highly partisan nature of politics, especially in the US, driven by politicized science, interests and normative campaigns, and the reliance of the Obama administration on executive orders that could readily be overturned by Trump. Indeed, the Paris Agreement was not called a treaty, at the request of Obama, so that he could avoid the need for ratification in the Senate. Unfortunately for global policy, Trump decided to withdraw the US from Paris, although this decision leaves open the possibility of the US renegotiating its position, and possibly even improving global policy further.

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