The United States has given formal notice to the United Nations on their intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
U.S. President Donald Trump had already made the announcement in June, and the letter to the United Nations is simply an official notice of the decision.
The notice was given by the U.S. State Department. The process to withdraw from the agreement will take three years at minimum.
The State Department announced the letter publicly on Twitter:
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 4, 2017
Text of the statement:
Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.
The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security. We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.
The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.
A bad deal for North America
The Paris Accord has turned into the ultimate virtue-signalling agreement, as it allows politicians to talk a big game while heavy polluters like China keep increasing their emissions. It’s a bad deal for North American economies, but the Trudeau government – and the opposition – have gone all in on supporting it, ignoring the obvious fact that it’s yet another measure that benefits the elites at the expense of working-class and middle income jobs and prosperity.