U.S. State Department Send Official Documents to Commence Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

By Julia Proctor,

Friday marked the beginning of process for the US to formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump Administration claim that a possibility to ''re-engage'' stands if terms within the agreement are revised to better favour the US.

President Trump announced the US's removal back in June, claiming it would cost America trillions of dollars. This is in addition to the claim that harm would come to oil, gas, coal, and manufacturing industries, putting many out of work in the course of action.

The process for full removal from the climate agreement is believed to take 3 years, making 2020 the earliest point at which the US can fully detach itself from the accord. During this transition period, the US has stated that they will still participate in negotiations nevertheless.

The reactions from remaining nations within the agreement lie mostly in condemning Trumps actions. World leaders claiming that the agreement terms are irreversible and cannot be altered.

A joint statement from France, Germany and Italy, declares ''We firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies''.

In Trump's recent visit to Europe for the G20, many leaders aimed to persuade the President to reconsider his decision.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, especially took it upon himself to change Trump's mind, inviting him as a special guest to Paris's Bastille Day. Here the two men discussed the issue, Macron later confirming that ''there is the shared intention to continue discussing these issues''.

This does not ease the concerns of the many however. Business leaders have expressed their anger through way of calling the decision a blow to international efforts in fighting climate change.

Oxfam America’s Climate and Energy Director, Heather Coleman, also articulated her views in a recent statement. She responded to the decision saying that the President ''has no real intent to ‘renegotiate’ the Paris climate agreement, and would rather walk back from our international climate commitments altogether''.

Of the nations currently involved with the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States is the second largest polluter of climate change gases. Thus explaining why so many leading figures have expressed their concerns. Trump's decision completely contrasts to that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28% from 2005 to 2025.

There remains growing uncertainty as to what the future holds for the Paris Climate Agreement with regards to the US's exit process. Despite President Trump's decision however, other nations remain united in their pursuit to reduce climate change.

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