`U.S. Leaves Paris Climate Agreement

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U.S. Leaves Paris Climate Agreement

Nov. 5, 2019
Lisa Anderson

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The Trump Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cially informed the United Nations on Mon­day that it is with­draw­ing the U.S. from the 2016 Paris Agree­ment that requires them to invest more than $1 tril­lion per year in actions to address cli­mate chal­lenges.

Key mile­stones that were to be met by the U.S. by next year included among oth­ers mak­ing use of envi­ron­men­tally-friendly agri­cul­ture prac­tices; decreas­ing emis­sions in the avi­a­tion and ship­ping sec­tors; can­cel­ing invest­ments in coal, oil and gas pro­duc­tion; and impos­ing a mora­to­rium on the con­struc­tion of new coal-fired power plants and clos­ing exist­ing ones.

As noted in his June 1, 2017 remarks, Pres­i­dent Trump made the deci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo explained in a state­ment on Mon­day, because of the unfair eco­nomic bur­den imposed on Amer­i­can work­ers, busi­nesses, and tax­pay­ers by U.S. pledges made under the Agree­ment.”

Despite the with­drawal, Pom­peo said in the state­ment that the U.S. will con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with its part­ners around the globe to reduce emis­sions.

U.S. emis­sions of cri­te­ria air pol­lu­tants that impact human health and the envi­ron­ment declined by 74 per­cent between 1970 and 2018,” Pom­peo said. U.S. net green­house gas emis­sions dropped 13 per­cent from 2005 to 2017, even as our econ­omy grew over 19 per­cent.”

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