U.S. to pull out of the Paris climate change agreementthucice
June 22, 2017 – President Donald Trump announced that effective immediately, the United States would cease all actions with relation to the landmark climate change agreement reached in Paris in 2015. The accord has been passed by 197 countries, and ratified by 147, of which the United States ratified in September of 2016, roughly two months before President Donald Trump was elected into office.
The United States is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases in absolute terms, behind China. It’s share of emissions in 2016 was approximately 18%. The Paris agreement was largely driven with support from the US, and was the first time that major emitters agreed not only to tackle climate change, but set a target to reduce emissions and keep temperature increases to below 2 C and potentially 1.5 C.
The president’s announcement does not itself have any legal bearing. The Paris Agreement, while non-binding in itself, does have measures to prevent signatories from pulling out of the accord. The United States government would likely have to wait 1 – 3 years before it can remove itself from the agreement. In doing so, it would join 2 other countries – Nicaragua and Syria – as the only nations not part of the agreement.
The recent events harkens back to the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed by most industrialized nations in 1997, but had a large falling out shortly after, led in part by the United States. For their part, other countries such as China, Germany and France have reiterated their resolve to the Paris Agreement