US tells the UN it wants out of Paris deal
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.