The letter was expected since 2017 but could not be sent for legal reasons until Monday: Donald Trump’s the United States has notified the United Nations of their intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, confirming the American climate denial.
“Today, the United States begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris agreement and, in accordance with the terms of the agreement, the United States has submitted a formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. year after the notification,” said the head of diplomacy, Mike Pompeo in a statement.
The United States is the only country to opt-out of this text signed by 197 countries, up to North Korea.
“The time has come to leave the Paris agreement,“ the Republican president said on June 1, 2017, adding: “I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
Since that statement, in fact, the Americans continued to occupy their seats, discreetly, to influence the technical discussions around the concrete application of the agreement, in the event that, one day, Washington would reinstate it. According to the text of the agreement negotiated at the end of 2015 by Barack Obama, no country could leave before the third anniversary of its entry into force on November 4, 2016. That is to say Monday.
In addition, the withdrawal will be effective in a year, which will postpone the exit in the aftermath of the next US presidential election, in which Donald Trump seeks a new mandate.
In the meantime, the Americans will send delegations to the UN’s major climate summits, starting with the December “COP” in Spain, AFP confirmed to the State Department.
The American withdrawal does not change anything immediately, but it makes sense, even if little doubted that the House Banche confirm this step.
“The Trump administration shows that it does not care about science and the economy,” said Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute. “It is driven by an obsolete vision dating back to the previous century when it was believed that climate action was costly and would destroy jobs.”