Thanks to the Paris Agreement and the broader arrangements around it, the coming of Trump will not be as bad as it might have been.
The Paris system’s flexibility makes it resilient in ways more traditional international regimes (like trade agreements or NATO) will come to envy under President Trump.
|A solar power installation at the COP22 venue in Marrakech Pic: Flickr/UNclimatechange)|
First, there is the Paris Agreement itself, which entered into force last week. If Trump withdraws from it, as he has promised, it will take four year before the US actually leaves (or one year to leave the overarching UN climate convention). And, because of clever drafting that elides the US Senate, a new President could instantly re-ratify the Agreement after he or she comes into office.