JUST IN: Trump administration sends written notice to United Nations on Paris deal

President Trump put in writing Friday the promise he made on June 1 to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Late Friday afternoon, the Trump administration submitted an official written notice to the United Nations, confirming the “U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement.”

The notice also confirmed that President Trump “is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.”

In a report from the Washington Examiner, it is noted that the United States can’t officially withdraw until 2020, under the terms of the agreement, and must officially notify the U.N. about its intent to withdraw in 2019, so the written notice on Friday is generally symbolic, but one President Trump still committed to putting in writing.

When President Trump made the announcement of his decision on June 1 in the White House Rose Garden, he overturned a major decision by former President Barack Obama, sending shock waves across the world, as the media blasted out headlines of outrage and global warming supporters took to the streets in protest.

Disney CEO Bob Iger was so outraged over the decision, he announced he would step down from President Trump’s business advisory council, and the acting U.S. ambassador to China, David Rank, resigned from his post in protest, saying that he “could not, in good conscience, do anything to contribute to the withdrawal of the agreement.”

Many landmark buildings around the world lit up in green lights that night, to show their support for the Paris Climate Agreement, in opposition of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact.

President Trump has not waivered in his conviction that the Paris Agreement is not good for America. “The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries,” he stated.

Below is the official notice which is posted on the U.S. Department of State website:

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 4, 2017

Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.

The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security. We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.

The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.

For further information, please contact Yoon Nam in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).

 

President Trump made the announcement on June 1 in the White House Rose Garden of his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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