Obama’s Climate Leadership

When President Obama and Xi Jinping ratified the Paris climate agreement earlier this month, some members of Congress may have licked their chops while others questioned Obama’s authorization to ratify. Congressional discontent aside, analysts believe American and Chinese leadership substantially increases international velocity to authorize the global climate accord. Paris only comes into effect when countries that contribute 55% of carbon emissions ratify. Fifty-five percent of the world’s population must also be represented for the accord to proceed. Since China + US emissions equal 38% of global carbon, experts think world’s biggest emitters’ leadership will pressure nations like Canada or [...]