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The U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

June 9, 2016

Paper argues the U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. President Obama's plans to reduce U.S.

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Paper argues the U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. President Obama's plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2025 by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels requires restricting the use of natural resources like coal, oil, and natural gas thereby increasing energy costs for all Americans, slowing economic growth, and reducing per capita income growth, without having an appreciableimpact on the projected warming. The United States’ participation in the UNFCCC has been costly, ineffective, and is predicated on the premise that man-made global warming is an urgent threat when the science suggests otherwise. In addition the Obama administration is using the U.S.'s committment to the UNFCCC to avoid send the Paris Climate accord to the Senate for constitutionally required advice and consent. As a result, the U.S. should withdraw from the UNFCCC.

Author
Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation as well as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
nick.loris@heritage.org @@NiconomistLoris