OA79: The Thomas Was Right Show! (Featuring Climate Change and the Paris Accords)

In this episode, Thomas and Andrew break down the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement regarding climate change.

First, however, we celebrate Thomas being prescient in taking an in-depth look at the Ninth Circuit’s rather surprising decision regarding Trump’s EO 13780, the so-called “Muslim Ban.”

In the main segment, Andrew and Thomas answer some questions and bust some myths regarding the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.  Can Trump do that?  Can the states pick up the slack?  Is there one weird trick that will solve climate change?  The answers may surprise you.

After that, Andrew tackles a fun question from patron Myk Dowling about disclaimers.

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #28, which involved a pizza joint defaming a nearby burger hut.  Can Thomas start a new, 2-game winning streak?  Listen and find out!  And, as always, we’ll release a new #TTTBE question this Friday and answer that question the following Tuesday.  Don’t forget to play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s), and don’t forget that patrons who support us at any level get early access to the answers (and usually a fun post analyzing the question in more detail).

Recent Appearances

Andrew was just a guest on Episode 390 of This Week in Law, throwin’ down the devil horns.  Give it a listen!

Show Notes & Links

  1. You can read the Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion here.
  2. This is the text of Executive Order 13780.
  3. This is the text of Goldwater v. Carter, 444 U.S. 996 (1979), the odd case on whether a President can unilaterally withdraw from a treaty.
  4. This is a link to NASA’s data regarding climate change.
  5. And this is the text of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, to which the U.S. was a signatory in 1992.

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