[Ed. – Now if the U.S. would withdraw from the U.N. as well, we’d really be getting somewhere.]
The U.S. government has officially notified the United Nations of its “intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so.”
The State Department announced the move in a press release Friday, adding that the process would be “consistent with the terms of the Agreement.”
However, the release also indicates the possibility that the U.S. could rejoin the pact in the future, stating 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.”
The president has echoed similar sentiments in the past; in his June 1 speech announcing the withdrawal, he cited high financial burdens, the loss of millions of jobs, and damage to sectors like coal and natural gas.
He also said his administration would “begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair…”