Trump announces US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
June 01, 2017, 4:17:53 PM EDT
President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord on climate change.
Trump’s announcement came after multiple news reports said that he was expected to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.
Axios reported that details on how the U.S. will leave the accord are still being finalized by a team including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
During his campaign and through the early stages of his presidency, Trump has given mixed signals on whether or not the U.S. would remain in the treaty.
“We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs," Trump said during an energy speech in May 2016.
Following the election, however, he said he would have an "open mind" with regard to the treaty.
In 2012, Trump famously called climate change a “hoax” that was invented by China to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. More recently, Trump has said that he does think there is some connectivity between human activity and climate change, but “it depends on how much.”
The historic climate treaty was reached when nearly 200 countries came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015. It was officially ratified on Nov. 4, 2016.
The ambitious agreement calls upon all agreed countries to work to limit global temperature rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
The U.S. and China are the two biggest emitters of carbon in the world, and with the U.S. leaving the agreement, it could significantly jeopardize the pact's potential to succeed, according to Climate Central.
Even though the U.S. is formally withdrawing, the exit process could be drawn out over three years.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he would recommend that the U.S. remain in the climate pact.
Numerous lawmakers took to Twitter to express dissatisfaction with Trump’s reported decision to leave the agreement.
Pulling out of #ParisAgreement is a massive moral, economic & leadership failure for Trump admin. Loss of business, jobs, & intl standing.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 31, 2017
Disappointed by early reports that the US will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the #ParisAgreement— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) May 31, 2017
Disturbed to hear reports that the US may pull out of the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real and won't be wished away by denial.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 31, 2017
Other politicians, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, have called for Trump to remove the U.S. from the agreement.
Today’s decision is another step toward accomplishing the President's long-term goal: putting the interests of the American worker first.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) June 1, 2017
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