By DAVID KRAYDEN
President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants the United States to leave the Paris climate accord — starting Monday he can begin to do that.
The process to withdraw could take up to a year and not be official until the day after the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported Monday.
According to the Trump administration, the president remains resolved to leave the agreement. State Department spokesman James Dewey informed AP on Friday: “The U.S. position with respect to the Paris Agreement has not changed. The United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.” (RELATED: Global C02 Emissions Hit Record Highs Despite Paris Climate Accord)
When he was campaigning for the presidency, Trump knocked the Paris Agreement as an impediment to American jobs. When he became president he began to think about the potential consequences of walking out of the treaty and only in late May did he reportedly make up his mind and announce — privately — that he would follow through on this promise to renounce the treaty.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) was one of the most avid opponents of the climate accord and actively encouraged Trump to remove the U.S. from it.