The United States officially withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement under Unite Nations rules.
How did it happen?
Pulling out of the Paris Agreement has been a long process. President Trump announced his abandonment to the pact ever since 2017.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo filed paperwork on November 4th, 2019 to begin the final withdrawal process. As of Wednesday morning, November 4th, 2020, the United States is officially no longer a part of the group of nations pledging to address climate change.
According to Trump, the Paris Agreement is “job-killing” and he said it would “punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters.”
The settlement ties together every nation’s voluntary emissions pledge in a single forum. This comes with the understanding that countries will set even tougher targets over time over time.
The United States under President Barack Obama promised to reduce its emissions about 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Progress on that goal stopped under the Trump administration.
Of the 195 countries that signed the Paris Agreement, 189 went forward with formally adopting the accord. In addition to the United States, countries which originally signed but didn’t formally adopt the Paris Agreement are: Angola, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Turkey, and Yemen.
“There’s momentum continuing to build even with the U.S. pulling out,” said Alden Meyer, director at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Is the U.S. withdrawal final?
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has pledged that he will recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement on Day 1.
Other countries would want to see strong early signs that the United States has substantial plans to cut domestic emissions from cars, power plants and other sources.
If the United States stayed out of the agreement, it could still have a voice in United Nations climate negotiations.