State Dept: Wash­ing­ton will con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in cli­mate meet­ings

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

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.

The State De­part­ment cited

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