Donald Trump is sacrificing the future of the planet on the altar of his own ego - but it could backfire

New Statesman

Thomas Hale, Associate Professor at the Blavatnik School, writes an opinion piece about President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, and notes that it's up to the electorate to ensure this doesn't actually happen.

The lawyers who designed the Paris Agreement (many of them American) were highly aware of US electoral schedules. That’s why they made the process for exiting the Agreement take four years. Trump may have announced the US’s intention to leave yesterday, but it won’t take effect until 4 November, 2020. And he is up for election on 3 November, 2020.

In other words, the decision to leave Paris doesn’t belong to Donald Trump. It belongs to every American who votes in 2020.