Analysis: U.S. Only Country To Officially Pull Out Of Paris Climate Accord


Despite the uptick in greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the Trump administration signaled its formal withdrawal.

The U.S. is now the only country in the world to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, according to Vice

Although President Donald Trump initially announced in June of 2017 that he intended to leave the Paris climate agreement, Monday was the earliest his administration could officially withdraw.

The Paris Climate Accord is the only international agreement to keep the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius, which 197 countries have signed onto.

The U.S. won’t be officially out of the agreement until Nov. 4, 2020, one day after the presidential election. If Trump wins reelection, there’s little hope he will change his mind, yet every viable Democratic presidential candidate has promised to keep the U.S. in the agreement. 

“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledge made under the Agreement,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”

When Trump first announced his plan to withdraw in 2017, 59% of Americans opposed his move, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll at the time. 

A recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 79% believed that human activity was causing climate change and that 38% (an increase from 25% five years ago) see climate change as a “crisis.”

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