President Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement for more than 2 years. Starting Monday he finally can do something about it.
Even then, though, the withdrawal process takes a year and would not become official until at least the day after the 2020 Presidential election.
In the Paris agreement, nearly 200 countries set their own national targets for reducing or controlling pollution of heat-trapping gases. It was negotiated in Y 2015 with lots of prodding by the United States and China and went into effect 4 November 2016.
The terms of the deal say no country can withdraw in the 1st 3 years. So Monday is the 1st time the US can start the withdrawal process, which begins with a letter to the United Nations. And it does not become official for a year after that, which leads to the day after the election.
If someone other than President Trump wins in Y 2020, the next President could get back in the deal in just 30 days and plan to cut carbon pollution.
Asked what the US plans next, State Department spokesman James Dewey Friday e-Mailed this: “The US position with respect to the Paris Agreement has not changed. The United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”