In a shameless attempt to farm some bananas during a slow week, i figured I'd stir the pot and see what everyone's opinion on the subject of the potential withdraw of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, as the President is set to make his decision known at around 3 today. I can imagine a lively debate between @TNA and @BobTheBaker will likely ensue, so if nothing else entertainment for everyone else on the site.
On a personal note not a huge fan of becoming company with Nicaragua and Syria as the third country not part of the agreement (based on names alone). Elon Musk has also weighed in on the topic, stating that he will leave the President's economic business counsel if the US decides to back out (for what that's worth to anyone).
It is worth noting that there is a three year probationary period once the intent to leave has been made official, so we are looking at 2020ish before we would actually be "out" so to speak. I guess my only thought is, if I'm the president, since there aren't any actual penalties/sanctions associated with not living up to the "standards of the agreement" of reducing CO2 emissions, why not just play nice and get the easy brownie points with my country/the rest of the world and remain a part, and on the low just ignore or not live up to the agreement?
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