Two Cheers for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Michael A. Levi
All Is Forgiven?
Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, as our host Richard Aldous welcomes Michael Levi back to the show to reflect on the climate deal signed in Paris this weekend, before speaking with Dalibor Rohac about Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and France’s recent regional elections.
First, the Council on Foreign Relations’ David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment Michael Levi returns to the program to parse the recent Paris climate deal. He looks at how negotiations were able to succeed in ways they failed at the 2009 Copenhagen summit, and makes the point that the details of the agreement, to be hammered out in the next year or two, are of vital import. Finally, he talks about what the outcome of the Paris summit means for President Obama’s climate legacy.
Then Dalibor Rohac, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses how Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has benefitted from the wave of fear gripping Europe in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, as it has enabled his party to lure back voters. He places Hungary’s experience in the broader European context, and discusses the rise of the far-Right across Europe, before looking at what lessons can be gleaned from the Front National defeat in French regional elections this weekend.