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Trump announces formal U.S. withdrawal from Paris Agreement 

posted onNovember 5, 2019

The Trump administration announced Monday (Nov. 4) that the US began the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, notifying the UN of its intention to leave a year later, after the U.S. election.

"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." 

Trump originally announced his intention to withdraw from the deal on June 1,  2017, shortly after he took office. 

During the presidential campaign he had said a withdrawal would help American businesses and workers and vowed to boost America's oil, gas and coal industries, a message which found support in the US Midwest. 

Nearly 200 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement in 2015 and made a commitment to keep global temperatures less than 2C above pre-industrial levels.

The European Union set out to cut emissions in 2030 by 40 per cent from 1990 levels. The Agreement took effect in the United States and 89 other countries Nov. 4, 2016, after satisfying a requirement that at least 55 countries responsible for at least 55% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions formally join. The terms of the deal say no country can withdraw in the first three years. 

The United States is set to become the only member of the United Nations that pulls out of the pact. 

Once formally out of the agreement next year, the US will still be able to attend climate talks and sit in Paris-related discussions as an observer without the ability to make-decisions or block consensus but with the soft power to continue to shape global climate diplomacy. 

With reporting by news agencies