Trump Announces Intention For U.S. To Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement, But Can’t Officially Leave Until November 3 2020

 In Environment, Government Regulations, International Relations   Last Updated: December 29, 2018

On June 1 2017 President Trump stated his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in a speech at the White House:

In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord — (applause) — thank you, thank you — but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.  So we’re getting out.  But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.  And if we can, that’s great.  And if we can’t, that’s fine….

As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.  This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune.


Trump cited reasons for withdrawal being financial burdens, job losses (however he does not include new green jobs), legal liability (there is no legal liability mechanism or punishment process in the agreement), and also that the agreement is unfair to the United States.

The Paris Climate Agreement seeks to reduce global temperature rise but allows member countries to internally define targets, initiatives, resources available, and processes.

Conflicting reports alleged the U.S. may not be pulling out of the agreement, but the White House reconfirmed this plan on Saturday September 16, 2017.  However, U.S. inclusion in the agreement “will not officially conclude per the terms of United Nations-brokered agreement until just before the 2020 US election.”

The United States will be the only country not included in this agreement.

According to the agreement, a country cannot formally initiate the withdrawal process until 3 years after signing of the agreement, which would be November 3, 2019.  The withdrawal process includes a 1 year waiting period, meaning the earliest the U.S. could formally leave the agreement is November 3, 2020.



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