The US has formally exited the monumental 2015 Paris Climate Accord. On Thursday afternoon, American President Donald Trump announced that he is withdrawing the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This shocking move has concerned America’s allied nations and set back the global aim to address the planet’s warning conditions.
The decision has also drawn criticism from foreign leaders and environmentalists alike. They have called it an irresponsible abnegation of American leadership with all the indisputable scientific evidence lying around.
At a speech from the Rose Garden of the White House, President Donald Trump said that the people elected him to represent Pittsburgh’s citizens and not Paris’. He said,” As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.”
The US President Donald Trump had announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord back in 2017. The finalization of the US’s withdrawal can only take place a day after the US Presidential Elections. This is due to the accord’s legal structure as per the UN Climate body’s exit procedures for the deal. Biden, on the other hand, will move to rejoin the accord if he is elected.
Trump fullfiled his promise to “cancel” the Paris Climate Accord
Donald Trump has famously called climate change a ‘hoax’. He has went on to fulfill his promise to “cancel” the Paris Climate Accord and Obama-era regulations. He has also repeatedly claimed that they were killing industries and erasing jobs. President Donald Trump called his decision a “reassertion of America’s sovereignty”. He argued that the President Barack Obama moderated climate agreement was not fair to the US workers. And that he had pledged to protect them under his “America First” platform.
Michael R Bloomberg has also criticized the decision. He said that while the Donald Trump administration had pulled out of the Paris Agreement, the American people would have never supported that decision. He also added that there is determination among the cities, states, and businesses across the country to do their part to stay in.
Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the also former Mayor of New York.
Moreover, Bloomberg also said that despite the White House’s best efforts to drag the country backward, it didn’t stop their climate progress over the past four years. He further added, “The public understands that fighting climate change goes hand in hand with protecting our health and growing our economy.”
The Paris Climate Accord is considered a notable diplomatic achievement for Obama. His decision at the time was celebrated as a global response to the Global Warming Crisis. The United States now joins Nicaragua and Syria, the only two states, in opposing the accord. All the other nations have come to reach an agreement.