Foreign governments made a move to tie the hands of Donald Trump if he were to win the presidency in November.
On Tuesday, the European Union opted to join the Paris climate agreement, thus ratifying the deal that requires the United States to reduce its emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.
The deal begins in 30 days which means a potential President Trump could not change or renegotiate it.
What he can do, if he chooses, is straight ignore it, as the agreement is non-binding.
The deal was not expected to be ratified until next year but, many believe, Trump’s opinion of the deal caused world leaders to act quickly, The Hill reported.
“His threat stimulated this rapid series of ratifications — China, the USA, Europe, and many others,” Harvard Project on Climate Agreements director Robert Stavins, wrote in an email to The Hill.
“They want to be on the right side of the issue, and I believe that Trump showed the world that that isn’t a foregone conclusion,” John Coequyt, who is the global climate policy director at the Sierra Club, said.
Coequyt noted that Trump would become one of the only world leaders to not believe in climate change if he is elected.
“I think having that idea out there, that the world still is debating this in some way, I think puts pressure on countries to act quickly, to solidify the process and continue to move forward,” he said.
Many experts believe the ratification of the deal has backed Trump into a corner, but others contend that there wouldn’t be a lot other nations could do to force him to meet President Obama’s agreement. An agreement Trump has been against since its inception.
“If you control the presidency, then you can exert a huge amount of power,” Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow William Yeatman said. “You can basically not implement your commitments, and you’re not going to suffer anything on the world stage.”
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