Nationwide journal about potential Trump submission of the Paris local weather treaty to the Senate

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Reposted From Government Accountability & Oversight

CHRIS HORNER

Brian Dabbs @BRIANDABBS December 22, 2020, 8 p.m.

President Trump spoke out in favor of his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement at a virtual G-20 summit last month.

"I withdrew the United States from the unfair and unilateral Paris climate agreement, a very unfair act for the United States," Trump told the leaders of the world's largest economies, which are currently all parties to the pact to kill the American economy " , he said.

Just a few months after taking office in 2017, Trump, accompanied by then-administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, initiated the Parisian withdrawal process for conservative fanfare in the rose garden of the White House. According to the terms of the pact, the US formalized this withdrawal one day after the Americans voted in the 2020 election cycle.

But now Conservative critics of the deal on and off Capitol Hill want more of Trump in the final weeks of his presidency … Trump's urge to submit the ratification documents sparked a messaging war over whether it would actually have legal significance over Biden's commitment to the pact.

Paris supporters say the move would have no legal weight, but conservative lawyers argue that it would hamper Biden's justification for regulatory action at the EPA and other agencies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Submitting Paris as a treaty thoroughly neutralizes one of the specific 2021 allegations that Paris is the reason for the EPA to do anything, or for a decision that we are forced to take certain action or inaction," said Chris Horner, a longtime associate attorney in Washington DC and a current director of Government Accountability & Oversight, a nonprofit conservative law firm.

"Any claim that Paris is forcing US action or inaction would now cast doubt that US engagement with Paris was anything but political."

Said Horner. “The engagement is not“ regulated ”, but undeniably ambiguous and obviously weakened. It is a political issue, and the transmission significantly undermines adventurous courts or commissions due to the desired and otherwise determined decisions based on this Paris Commitment. "

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