The US officially postponed the Paris Climate Agreement on Friday – almost a month after President Biden announced the US again accepted the terms of the agreement.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew America from the pact. He said it was ineffective because it allows countries to voluntarily control their own pollution and wants to hold the US and other industrialized nations to a higher level.
Although Trump said the US was dragging on in 2017, the move was largely symbolic and it did not actually take place until last year after a one-year notification period for the United Nations.
UN officials rejoice at America’s return – even as Biden’s climate team, led by John Kerry, are making an angle to help craft the more ambitious treaty at a meeting in Glasgow, Scotland in November.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was “very important in itself” and former UN Global Warming Head of the Christian Christian Figures Told the Associated Press
This is because “it is the political message that is being sent.”
Biden released a statement On his first day in office last month, he said: “I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, saw and agreed to the Paris Agreement made in Paris on December 12, 2015, thereafter accepting the said agreement and every Article and its section on behalf of the United States. “
Reasoning has little impact on the US, but completes the first month’s other Biden initiative to disrupt fossil fuel extracting industries. He also canceled the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and banned future permits of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
No.1 carbon emitter China is also a member of the 2016 agreement – but Trump ridiculed the idea that the authoritarian state would voluntarily curb its pollution. The US left the agreement amid negotiations over how countries should implement a new transparency regime.
“What we won’t do is enrich the foreign pollutants and punish the American people,” Trump said at a shale gas industry conference in Pennsylvania in 2019.