CBC News: Trump quitting the Paris accord might not necessarily be the end of the world


It might not be the end of the world if the United States withdraws from the Paris climate agreement. At least not yet.

“I’m not going to speculate on a decision that’s for the U.S. administration to make,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna demurred Wednesday, when asked about a spate of reports suggesting President Donald Trump was ready to pull out of the international accord.

It is no doubt wise to avoid speculating about what this president might be thinking from one moment to the next. Indeed, reports of Trump’s withdrawal were also contradicted on Wednesday morning.

But the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter, might still walk away from Paris.

Regardless, it seems unlikely that the Trump administration will be taking significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It has already begun moving to unravel other environmental regulations put in place by the previous Obama administration.

And that raises questions for every other nation on Earth.

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