Trump now able to begin withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Trump now able to begin withdrawal from Paris climate accord
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Monday marks the first day the Trump administration can begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris climate accord.

The landmark climate agreement allows the U.S. to begin the yearlong withdrawal process on Nov. 4, finalizing the U.S. exit from the agreement on the same date in 2020‚ just one day after the presidential election.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE has repeatedly bragged about already withdrawing the U.S. from the deal, despite the rigid timelines governing a withdrawal that are required under the agreement the Obama administration negotiated. He first announced his intention to leave the Paris accord in a 2017 ceremony in the Rose Garden.

Leaving the agreement — signed by every other country in the world — would leave the U.S. in the distinct position of being the only nation to back out of the accord Trump has repeatedly called a bad deal.

“I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris climate accord. It was a total disaster,” Trump told crowds gathered at a natural gas event last month, before repeating a line from when he first pledged to leave the deal, saying “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

When asked for comment, the White House stated, “The President has already announced that the U.S. [is] not part of the Paris Climate Accord.” It is unclear when the U.S. may begin the process required to officially withdraw.

Three Democrats have already asked U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft to recuse herself from the withdrawal process given her financial and personal ties to the fossil fuel industry. Craft’s husband Joe Craft is CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, one of the largest coal companies in the U.S. 

Recommitting the U.S. to the Paris climate accord has become a box to tick for Democrats running for president in 2020, most of whom have said they would do so their very first day in office.