President Donald Trump signaled during his 2016 campaign that he would pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord — which seeks global cooperation to fight climate change — but now his administration is making it official.
According to The Independent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began the process on Monday, filing notice with the United Nations that the U.S. will exit the agreement signed by former President Barack Obama.
Pompeo wrote that the agreement placed an “unfair economic burden” on the U.S. economy, the publication reported, adding that the notice will not become official for one year.
“Today we begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement,” Pompeo tweeted on Monday. “The US is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy, and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model.”
Roughly 200 nations signed onto the Paris Climate Accord, which “sought to cut the emissions of green house gasses in order to keep the increase in global average temperature to below 2 °C.”
Trump has indicated his belief that climate change is a hoax for years, at one point claiming the crisis was created by the Chinese. The president later said that statement was only a joke.
Joke or not, the president continues to buck against the scientific consensus that the earth is warming rapidly and human activity is a direct cause. Trump has even disputed the findings of his own federal agencies, which reported last year that with “continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century – more than the current gross domestic product of many US states”.
Trump’s response? “I don’t believe it.”