Trump announces his intention to have the US withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement during a White House Rose Garden press conference. (Image: Ken Cedeno / Greenpeace)
- Tang Wei 05.07.2017
Does US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change mean the end of the positive US-China relationship on global warming that was so hard-won?
Closely linked to this question, is that of who will fill the leadership gap created by the US departure, and how.
There is no doubt that US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement weakens global efforts to tackle climate change: it is the world’s second largest carbon-emitting nation.
More positively, the US is also the most important source globally of technologies for energy conservation and emissions reduction.
President Trump has quit the Paris Agreement, but cities and corporations will take the lead, argues Tang Wei