The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words, "Paris Agreement is Done," in celebration of the Paris U.N. COP21 Climate Change agreement in Paris, France, November 4, 2016.
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President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on June 1 was terribly misguided, and his justification for doing so was misleading and untruthful. As he announced in the Rose Garden that day, “The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers…and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.” The reality is that leaving the accord will neither bring back jobs nor help the taxpayer, but will most certainly hurt the United States and the world.

The initial reaction from abroad was one of dismay and confusion over what the president was actually trying to say. Trump declared, without seeming to understand the terms and dynamics of the agreement, “I

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  • ROBERT N. STAVINS is Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements. He was formerly Chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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