09/27/2017 - Regulatory Rollback

Paris Climate Agreement

by EELP Staff

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Why it Matters

The United States is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, and the largest historical emitter. America’s approval of the Paris Climate Agreement signaled our intention to cooperate globally in reducing our emissions and helping others reduce theirs. Withdrawing from the Agreement will undermine our credibility as a leader in climate change science and action, and jeopardize the U.S. emissions reductions commitment. The U.S. is the only country to have formally initiated withdrawal proceedings from the Paris Agreement, which will become effective on November 4, 2020, the day after the 2020 elections. Almost all current Democratic candidates have indicated their intention to rejoin the Agreement if elected. Experts have suggested that it could take as little as 30 days for the U.S. to effectively rejoin it.

Current Status

Nov. 4, 2019 The Trump Administration formally notifies the United Nations that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The withdrawal process will take one year, making withdrawal effective on Nov. 4, 2020.

History

April 22, 2016 The United States signs the Paris Climate Agreement treaty, and commits to reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28%, compared with 2005 levels.

Nov. 4, 2016 The Paris Climate Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance enters into force, requiring each member country to submit a plan for addressing climate change.

Trump Era

June 1, 2017 President Trump announces the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Feb. 1, 2018 The European Commission announces the European Union will not sign trade agreements with countries that did not ratify the Paris Climate Agreement.

Nov. 4, 2019 The Trump Administration formally notifies the United Nations that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The withdrawal process will take one year, making withdrawal effective on Nov. 4, 2020.