USA to officially exit Paris climate agreement

Donald Trump on Paris climate accord

Trump can begin steps to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal

A US State Department official told reporters on Monday that Washington had notified the United Nations that it would exit from the deal, adding that this would mark the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to mitigate climate change.

In 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is legally allowed to do so. "The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens' access to affordable energy". "Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model", Pompeo said on Twitter. It has been widely expected since June 1, 2017, when Trump announced his intention to withdraw, criticizing the accord as "simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries".

Energy-related carbon emissions, the main greenhouse gas, spiked a year ago after falling for the previous three.

The White House has slashed regulations on methane and greenhouse gas emissions, coal power plants, offshore drilling, fracking, fuel efficiency standards, oil pipelines, habitat protection, logging, endangered species, clean water, light bulbs and more.

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The agreement brought together 188 nations to combat climate change. Instead, he said, private sector innovation had helped grow the US economy while reducing emissions - pointing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2017 of 13%.

But contrary to some predictions, Trump's decision did not trigger a domino effect of withdrawals by countries such as Brazil and Australia. It was negotiated in 2015 with lots of prodding by the United States and China and went into effect November 4, 2016.

"What we won't do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters", Trump said at a shale gas industry conference in Pennsylvania on October 23.

The notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 U.S. election.

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Former vice president turned climate champion Al Gore deplored Trump's decision - but said that a new president could re-enter the Paris accord within 30 days.

"While it serves the political needs of the Trump administration, we will lose a lot of traction with respect to USA influence globally", he said, adding it could take time for the worldwide community "to trust the a consistent partner".

Dozens of governors, mayors and other local leaders reaffirmed their vow to continue to meet Paris agreement targets in the America's Pledge initiative in the absence of federal leadership. "They ask - if the richest country, the one that has contributed the most to the load of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, isn't willing to act, why should we?" said Michael Gerrard, who heads Columbia Law School's climate change legal center.

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