Why The Paris Climate Agreement Is Completely Meaningless

Both President Obama’s signing of the Paris climate agreement and President Trump’s withdrawal from it are quantitatively trivial, but politically symbolic.

Both President Obama’s 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change and President Trump’s withdrawal from that agreement fit into a category I will label as QTIIPS. QTIIPS stands for Quantitatively Trivial Impact + Intense Political Symbolism.

QTIIPS policy changes provoke fierce political battles over trivially small policy impacts. Passionate advocates on both sides ignore numbers and policy details while fighting endlessly about symbols.

 

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