US on Monday officially informed the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, making the United States the only economic power outside Paris climate agreement.
In year-long process, US President Donald Trump has decided to press ahead with the withdrawal of Paris climate agreement despite mounting evidence of climate change and its effects, while temperatures in September for the fourth consecutive month were at or near record levels.
The notification provides for the United States to withdraw from the agreement negotiated with Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama a year from now on November 4, 2020.
In announcing the move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored Trump’s announcement in 2017 that the deal imposed “unfair economic burdens” on the United States.
“The US approach recognizes the reality of the global energy mix, and uses all energy and technology resources cleanly and effectively, including fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy,” Pompeo said in a statement.
Pompeo stressed that the United States “will continue to provide a realistic and pragmatic model” in international negotiations.
Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Trump administration “once again mocked our allies, dismissed the facts and further politicized the world’s greatest environmental challenge”.
“This decision will be one of the worst examples of President Trump’s willingness to relinquish US leadership and his abdication to China, India and others to control the global economy,” Menendez said in a statement.
Paris climate agreement set the margin of warming at 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels, a goal that scientists consider vital to detect the worst consequences of warming, particularly drought, increased floods and worsened storms.
The former US president has taken into account the obstacles to the implementation of this agreement by insisting that it is not binding and that each country selects the actions it intends to take and inform the United Nations.