Trump Plans Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

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

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

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will being formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the first step in a year-long process to leave the landmark agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases.

But on Monday, Pompeo said in his statement: "In global climate discussions, we will continue to offer a realistic and pragmatic model - backed by a record of real world results - showing innovation and open markets lead to greater prosperity, fewer emissions, and more secure sources of energy". But 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.

The Paris climate accord legally came into effect November 4, 2016 under the Obama administration and just days before the 2016 presidential election.

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 to boost US oil, gas and coal industries.

Mr Trump promised to turn the U.S. into an energy superpower, and has attempted to sweep away a raft of pollution legislation to reduce the cost of producing gas, oil and coal.

"Global objectives can't be met unless everybody does their part and the USA has to play the game", said Appalachian State University environmental sciences professor Gregg Marland, who is part of a global effort to track carbon dioxide emissions. At its most ambitious, the agreement hoped to limit warming to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Its central aim was to keep global warming "well below" 2 degrees Celsius this century, potentially forestalling the most devastating effects of climate change.

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Trump has been promising to pull out of the Paris deal since 2017, often mischaracterizing the terms of the agreement, which are voluntary. "There is no massive wealth transfer", said Climate Advisers CEO Nigel Purvis, who was a lead State Department climate negotiator in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

That's not the case, experts said.

The Obama administration signed the United States onto the 2015 pact, promising a 26-28% cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from 2005 levels. This translates to about 15% compared to 1990 levels.

The European Union's goal was to cut carbon pollution in 2030 by 40% compared to 1990 levels, which is greater than America's pledge, said Stanford University's Rob Jackson, who chairs the Global Carbon Project, a group of scientists that track carbon emissions worldwide. "In fact, the agreement obligates no country to make any financial payments".

The US issued its formal notification on the first day it was possible to do so, firing the starting gun on the long process of extricating the country from the 2015 agreement. "If someone other than Donald Trump is elected, he or she will nearly certainly rejoin Paris, and the rest of the world will welcome us back with open arms".

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