President Trump

Donald Trump’s presidency may have serious implications for efforts both in the United States and globally to tackle climate change.

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has been widely criticised by other world leaders but what impact is it likely to have on international climate policy and efforts to meet targets for emission reductions outlined in the Agreement? And can businesses, mayors and governors drive forwards climate action in the United States towards targets pledged in the Paris Agreement?

President Trump’s publically stated views on the science and potential impacts of climate change have also raised concerns that policy decisions are being made without any firm and credible evidence base.

Over the coming months the Institute will be analysing and commenting on decisions the President makes in relation to climate change and providing expert analysis on what impact President Trump’s actions could have on international climate policy.

Commentaries and publications

A large body of academic studies suggest climate change policies have had only a very small impact on competitiveness

a commentary by Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Misato Sato  7 June, 2017

President Trump claimed that the Paris Agreement on climate change “disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries”. This commentary highlights a number of recent research papers which show no evidence for such claims. read more »


Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: what next for international climate policy?

a commentary by Robert Falkner  5 June, 2017

How damaging is Trump’s move to the Paris Agreement and international climate policy? And what can be done to contain the ‘Trump effect’? read more »


President Trump’s speech on the Paris Agreement was full of confusion and bogus claims

a commentary by Bob Ward  2 June, 2017

This commentary looks at the reasons given by President Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. read more »


President Trump getting inaccurate and misleading advice about Paris Agreement on climate change

President Trump getting inaccurate and misleading advice about Paris Agreement on climate change

a commentary by Bob Ward, Alex Bowen  1 June, 2017

President Trump is due to make an announcement later today about whether he intends to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, following many weeks of … read more »


‘Alternative facts’ undermine polemic against the Paris Agreement

a commentary by Bob Ward  11 May, 2017

Matt Ridley in his column in ‘The Times’ has used a set of ‘alternative facts’ to urge President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change says Bob Ward in this commentary article. read more »


What can we expect from French President Macron on climate change?

a commentary by Estelle Rouhaud  11 May, 2017

Will the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, be indifferent or ambitious when it comes to action on climate change asks Estelle Rouhaud in this commentary article.
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American politicians’ war on climate science

a commentary by Bob Ward  6 April, 2017

I warned scientists in Washington DC last week that climate researchers need to repel the attacks being launched against them by President Trump’s administration and the Republican Party. The annual … read more »


In depth: the backtracking on climate change by President Trump’s administration

a commentary by Victoria Druce  6 April, 2017

The ‘Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’ on 28 March was widely interpreted as a death sentence for the Clean Power Plan, which was introduced by … read more »


Outcome of COP22 caps a year of progress

Outcome of COP22 caps a year of progress

a commentary by Bob Ward  19 November, 2016

Despite concerns about future US policy, following the election of Donald Trump, the COP22 summit in Marrakech made solid progress towards implementation of the Paris Agreement says Bob Ward, Director of Policy and Communications at the Institute. read more »


Climate policy in China, the European Union and the United States: main drivers and prospects for the future

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi, Keith J. Benes, Fergus Green, Augustin Lagarde, Isabella Neuweg, Georg Zachmann  17 November, 2016

This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. read more »


What energy and climate change policies can we expect from President Trump?

a commentary by Bob Ward  11 November, 2016

Bob Ward, Director of Policy and Communications, looks at the prospects for climate policy in the US under President-elect Trump. read more »


Trumping progress or Clinton’s clean opportunity – The future of US climate policy after the elections

a commentary by Isabella Neuweg  7 November, 2016

In many respects the United States presidential election of 2016 could be decisive for the US, and the world, not least for the direction of climate policy. While many of … read more »


Ratification of Paris Agreement is bad news for Donald Trump

a commentary by Bob Ward  6 September, 2016

The announcement that the US and China have both ratified the Paris Agreement is likely to make it more difficult for Donald Trump, if he becomes President, to renege on the international commitment on climate change made by Barack Obama’s administration. read more »