State Dept: Washington will continue to participate in climate meetings
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration officially told the United Nations that the United States intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact.
But the State Department’s announcement doesn’t formally start the process of the US getting out of the voluntary agreement. That is still to come.
Still, the department described its communication as a “strong message” to the world, following President Donald Trump’s decision in June to leave the accord.
“The State Department is telling the UN what the president already told the world on June 1 and it has no legal effect,” said Nigel Purvis, who directed US climate diplomacy during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
Purvis said countries cannot withdraw from new international agreements, including the Paris climate deal, until three years after they go into effect. The Paris agreement went into effect on Nov 4, 2016.
Then the process takes a year.
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