The U.S. Officially Leaves the Paris Climate Agreement
The United States has officially left the Paris Agreement, which means a representative is still allowed to attend the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change; they, however, would not be allowed to make decisions.
The Paris Agreement is a pact from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With 197 countries already signed to the agreement, their goal is to ensure the rise in temperature this century is below two degrees by monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and industries.
“If Trump were to win a 2nd term and stay on as president, he’s likely to continue to promote the interests of the fossil fuel industry.”— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) November 5, 2020
The U.S. has officially become the first nation to quit the landmark Paris climate agreement. @Jess_Shankleman explains pic.twitter.com/arqm5PrV4Z
President Donald Trump has implied that the United States formally left in 2017, which isn’t the case. November 4 was the earliest date that the U.S could start withdrawing from the pack according to the United Nations rules. Following this deadline, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo filled the final paperwork.
As of today, the United States has officially left the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, becoming the only country to do so.— Robert Rohde (@RARohde) November 4, 2020
The process of exiting was put in motion long before the current election. However, Biden has pledged to rejoin if he wins the presidency. pic.twitter.com/Ki4HuEUuqv
Despite being a non-binding agreement for nations to assume responsibility for climate change, Trump said it “punish[es] the American people while enriching foreign polluters” and kills jobs.
The U.S. formally exited the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a years-long promise by President Trump to withdraw the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter from the global pact to fight climate change https://t.co/vjS11dnw1j pic.twitter.com/3KhkABdrtO— Reuters (@Reuters) November 4, 2020
When President Barack Obama was in charge, he promised to reduce its emissions; meanwhile, Trump has stopped the progress since he has been president. Even though leaving the agreement doesn’t mean the U.S. won’t address climate change, it’s clear that it’s no longer a priority.
I can’t fathom is how people don’t understand the benefits of the Paris agreement. If America desires a booming economy it needs to take the leap and investment in clean energy.— TennisBall (@TennisB45779119) November 5, 2020
If the world continues at the rate it’s going, we won’t be able to reverse the negative effects of climate change. Former Vice President and Presidential candidate Joe Biden has expressed that he promises to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement if he were elected as the 46th president.