US Formally Notifies UN Of Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

  • US Formally Notifies UN Of Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

US Formally Notifies UN Of Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long-anticipated move and a significant step in America's retreat as an environmental leader.

But emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, rose in 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and while those emissions are expected to decline in 2019 and 2020, the EIA reports that is mostly because of "milder weather ... and, consequently, less energy consumption" and emissions still won't fall beneath 2017 levels.

Pompeo said greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005 to 2017 "even as our economy grew over 19 percent". So Monday is the first time the US could actually start the withdrawal process, which begins with a letter to the United Nations.

Energy-related carbon emissions, the main greenhouse gas, spiked past year after falling for the previous three.

But Trump, who took office in 2017, has also pledged to turn back environmental regulations, seeking to block California from setting tighter standards on auto emissions and moving to let states set their own standards on existing coal-fired power plants.

"The next president will need to rejoin the accord immediately and commit to the rapid, wholesale clean-energy transformation the climate emergency demands", said Jean Su, energy director with the Center for Biological Diversity. Under the Obama administration, the US pledged to reduce its carbon emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

The penalty for the U.S.

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

Trump has blasted the Paris Agreement in the past, claiming it would punish American workers and enrich foreign countries.

All the top Democratic presidential hopefuls seeking to unseat Trump in next year's election have promised to re-engage in the Paris Agreement if they win.

"Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates", Trump said in the Rose Garden in 2017 when he announced plans to remove the US from the accord.

"While it serves the political needs of the Trump administration, we will lose a lot of traction with respect to USA influence globally", he said, adding it could take time for the global community "to trust the a consistent partner".

"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.

Critics of the withdrawal say that the U.S. leaving an agreement it helped negotiate will harm the country's standing internationally.