SEAS faculty speak out on US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Originally published: 
June, 2017

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. SEAS faculty were quick to respond. Below are excerpts from their comments that appeared in local, regional, and national news coverage.


Arun Agrawal, Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Natural Resources & Environment:

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June 8, 2017 The Conversation

Joe Arvai, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at SEAS and the Ross School of Business:

A Great And Terrible Day For The Fight Against Climate Change

“In light of these numbers, it should be made clear that any decision by Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is exactly that: his decision. To characterize this impending decision, which is based on a Republican anti-science ideology, as America’s withdrawal from the agreement is both misleading and disingenuous.”

June 1, 2017 Huffington Post

EPA science advisory board member offers take on pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

"We have a responsibility to future generations... we owe it to ourselves and our children to take a stand on issues, especially issues like climate change.

"It [withdrawal from the Accord] doesn't make much sense on a lot of different levels. It's bewildering because it goes against public opinion. It's bewildering because it goes against economic principles."

June 2, 2017 Michigan Radio

B-Schools React to Paris Agreement

“It’s hard to say now, but it’s not inconceivable that some international companies see it as an opportunity to get tough with the U.S.”

June 5, 2017 Poets & Quants

Avik Basu, researcher in environmental psychology at SEAS:

Trump to pull US out of Paris climate agreement: U-M experts respond

"The fear is that a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would set the stage for other countries to also withdraw. However, talks at the May 2017 UN climate conference suggest that some countries, like China, see it as an opportunity to take the lead in the burgeoning renewable energy industry.

June 1, 2017 Michigan News

Rosina Bierbaum, SEAS Professor and former member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology:

Column: State needs federal investment in science

“Science and technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. From the water we drink, to the lakes and forests that make Michigan a national attraction, to the innovation driving the automobile industry, we need investments in scientific research and development.”

June 6, 2017 The Detroit News

Environmental Studies Don't Support Trump's 'Cleanest' Claim

"The U.S. is well behind other countries in having the cleanest and most sustainable environment.”

June 3, 2017 The Associated Press, The New York Times


Andrew Hoffman, Graham Sustainability Institute Education Director and the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at SEAS and the Ross School of Business:

B-Schools React to Paris Agreement

“The markets are far more than Donald Trump’s statements on a treaty with the U.N.  Industries are moving in a direction they see markets going. I like to say there is an industry renaissance going on in energy generation and mobility.”

June 5, 2017 Poets & Quants

Report coauthored by Hoffman:

As U.S. Abandons Paris, Institutes of Sustainability Take Action on Campus

June 7, 2017 Campus Technology

Coauthored by Andy Hoffman and Joe Arvai:

Ross Professors on Day of Reckoning for Environment and Sustainability: Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Pact and ExxonMobil’s Shareholder Vote

June 1, 2017 Michigan Ross