The US officially announces Paris Climate Agreement

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The US has submitted its written declaration of withdrawal from the climate agreement to the UN. Formally, however, the exit can be made only on November 4 2020.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has initiated at the United Nations its exit process from the Paris Climate Agreement. The United States informed the United Nations in writing of the planned withdrawal, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Pompeo justified the move with alleged disadvantages of the climate agreement for workers, businesses and taxpayers in the US. At the same time, the US would continue to propose a “realistic and pragmatic model” on the climate issue. The US would keep on working with accomplices”to strengthen resilience to the effects of climate change”.

Climate sceptic Trump had already announced his country’s exit two years ago. Under Article 28 of the Paris Climate Agreement, however, a signatory can not formally apply for withdrawal until three years after the entry into force of the treaty. The termination becomes effective after the expiry of a period of one more year. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama signed the Paris Climate Agreement exactly three years ago, on November 4, 2016.

The official exit can, therefore, take place only on November 4 2020. That’s one day after the election of the next US president. In any case, it will come to an end, even if the Democrats came back to power in the election. The inauguration of a new president would be in January of the following year. However, the US could return to the agreement at a later date.

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