The Straight Scoop:
- On June 1st, 2017 President Trump officially withdrew the US from the Paris climate accord.
- He did leave open the possibility to renegotiate terms of the Paris accord, or other agreement, on “terms that are fair to the United States”.
- It will take 4 years to officially pull out of the agreement.
- President Obama originally signed the Paris agreement in April 2016, along with 170 other nations.
- The Paris agreement was drafted to combat global warming, by reducing the use of petroleum based energy sources, like oil, coal, and natural gas, in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
- At the time it was ratified, the Obama administration announced plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 percent to 28 percent compared to 2005 levels.
- Although President Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement, the US still has a permanent seat to engage with other countries at the Conferences of Parties, by being part of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), which is the same group that signed the Paris agreement.
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