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Perspectives on Clexit

July 16, 2017

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate agreement is justified based on the inability to accurately predict future climate phenomena and the fact it requires costly futile efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

The Paris Agreement of December 12, 2015, lays out a comprehensive and ambitious strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and redistributing resources from developed nations to lesser developed nations. The agreement would require a drastic restructuring of the U.S. economy. President Donald Trump June 1 decision to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, a maneuver referred to as Climate Exit, or Clexit for short is justified based on three critical issues: "questionable confidence in the science of global warming, the inability to accurately predict future climate phenomena and the prospect of high expense yielding questionable returns on investment."
Author
Arthur Viterito is a Professor of Geography at the College of Southern Maryland, and has previously held positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the George Washington University. He is also a policy advisor with The Heartland Institute.
Arthurv@csmd.edu