US tells the UN it wants out of Paris deal

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the same time­line, say­ing it can of­fi­cially start with­draw­ing as soon as Novem­ber 2019. That means the ear­li­est the US can be out of the cli­mate agree­ment is Nov 4, 2020 — the day af­ter the next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

In a state­ment, the State De­part­ment said the US will con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional meet­ings and ne­go­ti­a­tions on cur­rent and fu­ture cli­mate change deals. The next meeting is in Bonn, Ger­many, in Novem­ber.

Trump is “open to reen­gag­ing in the Paris Agree­ment if the United States can iden­tify terms that are more fa­vor­able to it, its busi­ness, its work­ers, its peo­ple and its tax­pay­ers”, the de­part­ment said.

Un­der the agree­ment, coun­tries set their own na­tional plans for cut­ting cli­mate emis­sions. That means Trump can come up with dif­fer­ent tar­gets for the US than those set by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. But Trump can’t uni­lat­er­ally change the text of the Paris deal.

UN spokesman Stephane Du­jar­ric con­firmed that Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res re­ceived “a com­mu­ni­ca­tion” from US Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley “ex­press­ing the in­ten­tion of the United States to ex­er­cise its right to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment, as soon as it is el­i­gi­ble to do so un­der the Agree­ment, un­less it iden­ti­fies suit­able terms for reen­gage­ment”.

“The sec­re­tary-gen­eral wel­comes any ef­fort to re-en­gage in the Paris Agree­ment by the United States,” he said.

Du­jar­ric re­it­er­ated Guter­res’ June 1 state­ment call­ing the US de­ci­sion to with­draw “a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment for global ef­forts to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and pro­mote global se­cu­rity”.

“It is cru­cial that the United States re­mains a leader on cli­mate and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Du­jar­ric said. “Cli­mate change is im­pact­ing now. He looks for­ward to en­gag­ing with the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and all other ac­tors in the United States and around the world to build the sus­tain­able fu­ture for our chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Un­der Obama, the US agreed to re­duce pol­lut­ing emis­sions more than a quar­ter from 2005 lev­els by the year 2025. There is no cli­mate court. All that’s re­quired in the cli­mate pact is a plan and re­port­ing on progress to­ward reach­ing self-set goals.

No mat­ter what the US does, the Paris Agree­ment re­mains in ef­fect be­cause enough other coun­tries rat­i­fied it.

The Paris Agree­ment aims to pre­vent the Earth from heat­ing up by 2 C since the start of the in­dus­trial age.

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