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.”

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President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


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.

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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.


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.


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