President Trump took an extra step to get the United States out of the Paris climate deal by sending a letter of withdrawal to the United Nations, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.
Boost of the news: While Trump indicated this intention in June 2017, today is the first day that his administration could begin the formal process, which will be completed on 4 November 2020, a day after the 2020 presidential elections.
Why it is important: while today it is more procedural than symbolic in nature, it is likely that the United States that is starting the exit process will further reduce the aspirations of the 2015 climate agreement and eliminate every small possibility Trump will once again be involved with. , as he suggested in 2017, he would be willing to do so.
What they say: a White House spokesman has not commented other than writing by e-mail that “the president has already announced that the United States is not part of the Paris climate agreement”.
.@realDonaldTrump’s decision to formally pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement is another disastrous decision that sells out our children’s future. Democrats will continue to call for #ClimateActionNow to protect the people & places we love. https://t.co/MG8316gdAe
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 4, 2019
At a time when we’re seeing record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes and floods, we should be redoubling our efforts to confront climate change, not withdrawing from the Paris agreement. America should be leading the world on this issue, not falling behind. https://t.co/if2pwMe0LA
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 4, 2019
President Trump’s rationale for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on economic grounds shows his utter incompetence and misunderstanding of the American economy, and his complete disregard for the serious threat climate changes poses. https://t.co/kNZHZk8iWr
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) November 4, 2019
The climate crisis needs a global solution. Donald Trump's blatant rejection of the Paris Agreement creates a leadership vacuum and will slow down international cooperation on climate. He is dragging the world backwards, and putting American lives at risk.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) November 4, 2019