The Odd Man Out: Trump Pulls United States From Paris Climate Agreement

President Trump announced Thursday that he will withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris climate accord, weakening global efforts to combat climate change and siding with conservatives who argued that the landmark 2015 agreement was harming the economy.

President Trump announced Thursday that he will withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris climate accord, weakening global efforts to combat [climate change]( and siding with conservatives who argued that the landmark 2015 agreement was harming the economy.

But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election.
Still, Mr. Trump’s decision is a remarkable rebuke to fellow heads-of-state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff, all of whom failed this week to change Mr. Trump’s mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz.
It makes good on a campaign promise to “cancel” an agreement he repeatedly mocked and derided at rallies, saying it would kill American jobs. As president, he has moved rapidly to reverse Obama-era policies designed to allow the United States to meet its pollution-reduction targets as set under the agreement.

[Read Full Story: ]( New York Times/Michael D. Shear](

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
To view the Creative Commons license for the image, click[ here](

Become a citizen of our global ocean community today by visiting us at: [www.theterramarproject.org](

Comments
No. 1-4
lbrindley
lbrindley

Could not agree more, @Kat26. This decision will have negative effects for years, if not decades to come.

Kat26
Kat26

You are not alone! I don't understand how he can be so shortsighted in the overall global picture, and not understand how much there is at stake on many levels!!

brigitte-perreault
brigitte-perreault

I am still in shock that he was elected.

jean
jean

I am still in shock, quite frankly.

Stories