France Says "Regrets" US Decision To Pull Out From Paris Climate Accord

Protesters gather outside the White House in June 2017 to protest President Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. Associated Press  Susan Walsh

France Says "Regrets" US Decision To Pull Out From Paris Climate Accord

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On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo submitted a formal notice to the United Nations to start the one-year withdrawal process.

When the USA pull-out goes into effect next November, it will leave the coalition without the world's second-leading emitter of greenhouse gases, forcing other member nations to reconsider their strategies for achieving the goals set forth in the agreement. The rules of the treaty also require an additional one-year waiting period for the withdrawal to be finalized-meaning it won't be official until November 4, 2020, one day after the presidential election. The agreement sets goals of preventing another 0.5 degrees (Celsius) to one degree of warming from current levels.

The Trump administration was required to send a letter to the United Nations to begin the withdrawal process, which now they have done. Under the rules of the agreement, no nation could opt out of it for three years.

Here's what the withdrawal really entails, and what could happen next.

The US had signed the Paris Agreement on April 22 2016, and expressed its consent to be bound by the agreement by acceptance on 3 September 2016.

"President Trump has long asserted, whether he actually believes it or not, that Paris is some nefarious globalist plot to harm American competitiveness and empower countries like China and India, which are parties to the Paris Agreement". His statement touted US' carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal an "unfair economic burden" to the United States economy.

UC now generates more on-site renewable energy than any other university in the country, with 81 million kilowatt-hours produced annually.

It ranked the United States as insufficient because President Donald Trump reversed former President Barack Obama's climate policies and yanked Washington out of the pact.

Why does Trump want out?

Trump administration's decision is also failing people in the U.S. who will lose out on clean energy jobs, as other nations grab the competitive and technological advantages that the low-carbon future offers. "We even turn a blind eye to the fact that China lied about its carbon emissions when it first came to the table with its pledge a year ago".

"Let's keep up crucial momentum for global climate action", Espinosa said. So, it is no surprise that carbon emissions are rising under the Trump administration. "It is driven by outdated views from the last century that held that climate action was costly and hurt jobs", Steer said.

Could the USA rejoin the agreement later?

"When a governor joins his or her state to the alliance, they make three commitments, one of which is that they will collectively meet their share of the USA emission reduction contribution to the Paris agreement", said Julie Cerqueira, the alliance's executive director.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee described Trump's plan to pull out of the deal "disastrous".

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