On the campaign trail, Donald Trump was clear about where he stood on energy and climate change. He labelled climate change science a “hoax”, at one point suggesting that it’s a plot of the Chinese to undermine the US economy. He also said, if elected, that he would scrap President Obama’s greenhouse gas policies, the Paris Agreement and gut the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Now that Trump is the president-elect, a lot of observers are asking what this means for US domestic climate change policy and international environmental agreements. To help us make sense of this, Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of CIGI's International Law Research Program speaks with CIGI's Mary Taws from COP22 in Marrakech. Fitzgerald discusses the tone at the environmental meeting barely one week after the Paris Agreement became international law and the path forward for the Agreement's success.