President Obama will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change this year regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision to void a significant part of it. Read that again. That is unprecedented. The United States Supreme Court this month put on hold regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and the like, leading to speculation that the U.S. (and other nations) could delay formally signing the Paris Agreement, which was reached back in December. Todd Stern, the U.S. “climate envoy,” said that once the agreement is in place, Obama’s successor, even if a Republican, would be unlikely to scrap the Paris Agreement as it would have negative diplomatic implications. (Apparently, he knows Republicans).
Further, Stern told reporters in Brussels that he was confident that Obama’s Clean Power Plan would survive. “It is entirely premature…to assume the Clean Power Plan will be struck down but, even if it were, come what may, we are sticking to our plans to sign, to join.” So screw the Constitution, the rule of law and the will of the people…we will damn well do what we want!
F—k checks and balances, our very own “Dear Leader” rules by executive fiat.