Cheers! Nov. 4, 2020: The USA will ‘become the only country in the world to formally exit the Paris agreement’


By: - Climate DepotNovember 2, 2020 10:47 AM

Via: https://thebulletin.org/2020/10/the-other-big-event-happening-in-the-first-week-of-november/

Excerpt: “An important date is coming up. On November 4, the day after the election, the United States will earn a dubious distinction: It will become the only country in the world to formally exit the Paris agreement. In the historic global climate change deal, struck in 2015, 189 countries agreed on nonbinding domestic targets to keep global temperatures well below a disastrous 2 degrees Celsius…”
“ Since his 2017 announcement, Trump has been repeating two dangerous lies about US participation in the deal: His first lie was that the agreement would come at immense cost to Americans while other major polluters would contribute nothing; his second was that the United States has already exited the accord. “The Paris Accord, I took us out because we were going to have to spend trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” Trump said in the extensive climate section of the debate.

About that: First of all, Trump didn’t actually withdraw—rather, the United States will be in the Paris deal until November 4 because of a required three-year waiting period…”

“  It would be easy for a Biden administration to rejoin the Paris deal in January, but they would have much more work to do to repair relationships and trust in American leadership. And he has even more to do on the domestic front to repair Trump’s war on climate science. ”

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US Officially Withdraws From Paris Agreement On Climate Change – The U.S. officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement on climate change Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. The 2015 agreement was ratified by 189 countries and six more have signed, but have yet to ratify, the AP reported. President Donald Trump sparked criticism and support after announcing the U.S’s withdrawal in 2017, according to another AP report. (RELATED: It’s Been One Year Since Trump Promised To Leave The Paris Climate Accord) “Having the U.S. pull out of Paris is likely to reduce efforts to mitigate, and therefore increase the number of people who are put into a life-or-death situation because of the impacts of climate change: this is clear from the science,” Engineering Professor Natalie Mahowald at Cornell University, said, according to the AP.

US participation in Paris climate deal expires at midnight – Regardless of how Election Day turns out for President Trump and Joe Biden, the US will no longer be a part of the Paris climate deal as of midnight, according to a report. Trump withdrew the US from the global accord on July 1, 2017, but the rules of the deal stipulated that any country wanting to pull out would have to wait three years from Nov. 4, 2016 – the day it became international law, Politico reported Monday. The US officially filed its separation documents last Nov. 4, and the one-year cooling off period expires at midnight. The State Department will not take an active part in United Nations’ meetings on the climate deal, but it will remain an observer. The Paris Climate Accord, signed by 197 countries, created a goal to halt warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and try to maintain it at 1.5 degrees by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Biden said, if elected, he would reenter the agreement.

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