How does this affect us? We just happen to fully agree and support exactly that. It has always been our position to walk away from the United Nations. These lot cause more problems than anything else. Still think the New World Order will work?
Trump administration notifies UN of planned Paris climate agreement exit
The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations it will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
- In 2017, President Donald Trump declared the US would withdraw from the Paris accord
- The Obama administration signed the US onto the 2015 pact
- Mr Trump campaigned on a promise to rescind Obama’s pact, saying it would hurt the US economy
The United States, the world’s largest historic greenhouse gas emitter, would become the only country outside the accord, a decision President Donald Trump promised in order to boost US oil, gas and coal industries.
“The US is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy, and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model,” Mr Pompeo said on Twitter.
Mr Trump declared that America would withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change, in 2017.
He announced the US would cease all implementation of non-binding elements of the agreement and begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement “on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers”.
The State Department letter to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres started the clock on a process that would be completed one day after the 2020 US presidential election, on November 4, 2020.
A report this year by the New York University School of Law said Mr Trump’s plans to roll back climate change regulations from vehicles to power plants could boost US carbon emissions by over 200 million tonnes a year by 2025.
Environmental groups said they hoped Mr Trump would be defeated in 2020 by a rival who would re-join the agreement with bold new targets.
“The next president will need to re-join the accord immediately and commit to the rapid, wholesale clean-energy transformation the climate emergency demands,” said Jean Su, energy director with the Centre for Biological Diversity.
The Obama administration signed the US onto the 2015 pact, promising a 26-28 per cent cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from 2005 levels.
Mr Trump campaigned on a promise to rescind that pledge, saying it would hurt the US economy while leaving other big polluters like China to increase emissions.
But he was bound by UN rules to wait until November 4, 2019, to file exit papers.
“What we won’t do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters,” Mr Trump said at a shale gas industry conference in Pennsylvania on October 23.
All the top democratic presidential hopefuls seeking to unseat Mr Trump in next year’s election have promised to re-engage in the Paris agreement if they win.
But Mr Trump’s withdrawal could still leave a lasting mark, said Andrew Light, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute and former adviser to the US climate envoy under president Barack Obama.
“While it serves the political needs of the Trump administration, we will lose a lot of traction with respect to US influence globally,” he said, adding it could take time for the international community “to trust the US as a consistent partner.”
Until its formal exit, the US will continue to participate in negotiations over technical aspects of the agreement, represented by career State Department officials.
The US and China, the world’s two largest carbon emitters, have recently been leading negotiations of the Paris “rule book” that outlines transparency and reporting rules for signatories.
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.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, said his philanthropic organisation will continue funding US participation at the upcoming climate change negotiations, to be held in Madrid after Chile withdrew as host.
“It’s up to the public to deliver what Washington won’t — and we are,” Mr Bloomberg said.