Former EPA Boss: “Clean Break” from U.N. Talks Needed
The United States should make a "clean break" from international climate talks if it no longer plans to be part of the Paris Agreement, said Nicholas Institute Advisory Board chair and former U.S. EPA administrator William Reilly. Speaking with the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, Reilly noted that he had spoken out against withdrawing from the global climate deal. But now that President Trump has announced a U.S. exit, he has doubts about the administration participating in the annual U.N. negotiations. "I think that the worst possible outcome here is to announce an intended withdrawal from the agreement but to continue to participate in the deliberations of the parties," Reilly said. "It's a possibility of the United States playing a role to try to reduce the commitments or aspirations that are agreed to in future conferences of the parties. And that would be very unfortunate and pernicious and, I think, contrary to the desire to go it alone," he said.