United States, Sue Benitez, Donald Trump discussed on The Lawfare Podcast


Nobody has changed its naturally determined contribution. I think in part it's again, like a resistance thing to to the US. But I think what I think interesting is some senses this nationally determined approach is more zillion than he Yoto right because Kyoto targets were to go. She'd in confrontation of what others were were doing. So in other words, you might take on a more stringent target because another country's taking on more Cinta target than than they have. If they pulled the rug out from under you, you would not know really how to react that you might not be willing to implement some target. If you counterpart wasn't a, but the NBC concept, you were picking target that worked. He was nationally determinant sense for you. And it kind of continues to make sense for you like notwithstanding what the United States to do. I'm Benjamin witness. And this is the law fair podcast, March twenty seventh two thousand nineteen from nineteen eighty nine to early two thousand seventeen sue Benitez was the lead climate lawyer and a climate negotiator at the State Department. She was also key architect of the Paris agreement on climate change a UN negotiated agreement designed to mitigate global warming which went into effect in November two thousand sixteen in June two thousand seventeen President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the agreement. However, sue sat down with law fares own jackals Smith to talk about all of that the whole history they talked about the early days of US and international climate action. How the Paris agreement came into force and the predecessor agreements that gave rise to it. How it was supposed to operate and what impacts Trump's actions have had on. International climate policy. It's the law. Fair podcast episode four hundred three SU Benitez on the Trump administration and international climate policy. Before we get into the guts of international climate law school expand a little bit on your career in the State Department of what did you do your there at the beginning of what I think of as modern international climate change law. You were there for the United Nations. What is you SEC Dan for it's the framework the UN's framework convention on climate change. You were there as the foundational agreement you were there negotiated involved in guessing that yes, so just describe more. What you didn't stay -partment for decades? Well, when I first got there was nineteen eighty four started at diplomatic law doings of privilege zone. Immunities type work rotated through the office for Middle Eastern regal issues. Then I spent about two and a half years being on the space station. Associations that was doing Reagan administration where we tried to get western Europe, Pandita Japan to joy. Join us NASA in building an international space station that was going to be the counterpart to the Soviet near ultimately Russia ended up joining the space station after Soviet Union collapse. So that was very interesting legal experience after that, I started working on environmental issues and law sees shoes..

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