President Donald Trump's government formally notified the United Nations that it will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to combat climate change, the secretary confirmed on Monday of the United States State, Mike Pompeo.
The United States, the world's largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, would become the only country outside the agreement, a decision that President Donald Trump promised to boost the U.S. oil, gas and coal industries.
"Today, the United States began the process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the United States submitted a formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. The withdrawal will take effect one year after the notification is delivered." , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.RELATED
Point 28 of the Paris Agreement indicates that any country that has ratified the agreement, as in the case of the US, could only request its exit three years after its entry into force, that is, today.
Once the petition has been formally submitted, another year has to pass before the agreement can be effective, so the country will disconnect from the pact on November 4, 2020.
"The United States is proud of our history as a world leader in reducing all emissions, building resilience, growing our ec onomy and guaranteeing energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model," he said. Pompeo on Twitter.
Once the withdrawal process is complete, the US will join Nicaragua and Syria, the only two non-signatory countries of the commitments made in Paris by almost 200 nations.
The Obama administration signed the United States in the 2015 pact, promising a 26% -28% cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.
John Kerry, who was the secretary of state when the agreement was agreed, said today in an opinion article in The Washington Post that the formal withdrawal of the pact means "a black day for the United States."
"President Trump took the step he promised in 2017 to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which all other countries on Earth have signed. This is not the United States first; once again, it is States United isolated, "Kerry wrote with the country's then secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel.
The announcement of the abandonment of the Paris Agreement, which was ratified by the Administration of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), provoked harsh criticism from world leaders and climate organizations, who considered that Washington would lose its leadership position in the fight for climate change.
Environmental groups said they expected Trump to be defeated in 2020 by a rival who would join the deal with bold new goals.
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