It ain’t over...
Firstly the US haven’t left the Paris Accord yet – they can’t. According to the terms of the agreement, no one can leave until November 4, 2020.
There is another sign of hope as you walk around the venue. The United States don’t have their usual big pavilion inside the COP. However, in their place a group of businesses and civil society group have set up an unofficial ‘We Are Still In’ pavilion, just outside the official conference zone. It’s absolutely huge and packed full of big-name businesses, cities, US states, non-profits, universities and others. They are all announcing new initiatives, enthusing about innovative ways of cutting emissions, and promoting their own vital role in doing that. It embodies America’s entrepreneurial spirit, but is also great news for the environment.
Back inside the official conference zone, the US delegation seem not to have actually received any new instructions. As a consequence they are continuing with the (moderately) helpful job they were doing before.