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
On 6 July, 135 members of the climate change research community in the UK wrote to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, ahead of the visit of Donald Trump, the President … read more »
On 29 July 2018, ‘The Observer’ newspaper reported that one of Donald Trump’s golf resorts in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has “partially destroyed” a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It was … read more »
An ode to Donald Trump published yesterday (2 June 2018) in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ praises his policy of inaction on climate change, but is riddled with inaccurate and misleading claims. … read more »
A large body of academic studies suggest climate change policies have had only a very small impact on competitiveness
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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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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 »
Climate policy in China, the European Union and the United States: main drivers and prospects for the future
This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. read more »
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
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 »
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 »