EA CO AS wrote:
The law is the law, once you sign an agreement you need to follow through.
A ten year old can sign an agreement, but that doesn't make it legally binding. The same can be said of what President Obama signed; unless you can show me otherwise, from my understanding it's not something the U.S. is legally bound to.
Meh. The storm around this withdrawal has little to do with the actual agreement, and a lot more to do with the giant "F you" and assorted insults being hurled at the rest of the world. We know there's a strand of America, caught up in some bizarre sense of victimhood, that loathes Europe and probably the rest of the world.
It has a voice now. Complete with snowflake-y language. To wit:
"The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement. They went wild. They were so happy. For the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage."
There are ways of withdrawing without insulting others. Assigning this kind of malicious motive to Allies amongst others doesn't achieve much, other than alienate Allies and diminish goodwill. To what end? A few domestic votes on the back of a non-binding agreement?
I note that American posters on this thread are losing sight of the obvious: It takes a long time to build a trusting relationship; it takes one incident to squander them.
Once the instant gratification of petty vindictiveness receeds, take a step back and consider the damage this decision, along with all the hostility that's manifesting itself on both sides of the Atlantic doing to the 'west'.
The big picture doesn't look great.