RFI: Will U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate deal make a difference?

June 2, 2017

Global headlines were dominated by President Donald Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. But according to reporting by the international news outlet RFI, analysts say that his decision may have a smaller impact on global climate policy than the initial press coverage suggested.

The time it would take for his announcement to translate into an official withdrawal is quite lengthy. Four years, to be exact.

Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, explained that the withdrawal process will take Trump's "whole tenure as president in the first term."

She went on to discuss that cities and states have another major reason to stick with renewable energy investment: Jobs. "There are more clean energy jobs now in the U.S. than there are jobs that rely on traditional fossil fuel sources of energy," explains Arroyo. This trend "has been enabled by policies but that it's also happening because of business interest and markets and public demand," she says.

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