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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