Continued US membership in the Paris Agreement on climate would be symbolic and have no effect on US emissions. Instead, it would reveal the weaknesses of the agreement, prevent new opportunities from emerging, and gift greater leverage to a recalcitrant administration.
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I thank F. Jotzo for his insightful comments on earlier drafts of this paper, and for the various discussions which have helped to inform and strengthen the analysis. I'd like to express my gratitude to C. Downie and L.-S. Luzzi for their invaluable edits and feedback.
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Kemp, L. Better out than in. Nature Clim Change 7, 458–460 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3309
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