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U.S. Starts Formal Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Headline Roundup November 4th, 2019

President Donald Trump sent a letter to the United Nations indicating his administration's intention to formally pull out of the Paris climate accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Twitter Monday. The process is set to take exactly a year, and end a day after the 2020 presidential election. Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. entered the deal in 2015 by committing to a 26-28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, retroactive to 2005. Trump has promised to leave the accord since his 2016 presidential campaign, calling the deal unfair for the U.S. economy; the U.S. government is the only government in the world that publicly denounces the agreement.

U.S. Starts Formal Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

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The Trump administration notified the United Nations on Monday that it will formally withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, marking the first step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change.

The move would leave the US as the only country outside the accord, a decision President Trump promised early in his term to unfetter America’s domestic oil, gas and coal industries.

“What we won’t do is punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters,” Trump said at a shale gas industry conference in...

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The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, the first step in a year-long process to leave the landmark agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases.

"Today the United States began the process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. The withdrawal will take effect one year from delivery of the notification."
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President Trump got a step closer to pulling America out of the Paris Climate Agreement by sending a withdrawal letter to the United Nations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a statement Monday.

Driving the news: While Trump indicated this intention in June 2017, today marks the first day his administration could begin the formal process, which will be completed on Nov. 4, 2020 — a day after the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: While today is more procedural than symbolic in nature, the U.S. beginning the exit...

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