Trump Keeps Promise on Withdrawal from Paris Accord
President Trump took one more step further in keeping another campaign promise, officially telling the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
When the president made the announcement in the Rose Garden in June, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
Here is the note from the State Department:
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.
After reading this, you may want to mark the occasion with some pomp and circumstance:
"I’m marking the occasion by firing up the grill, smoking a pork butt, cranking up the air-conditioning and driving around the neighborhood in a gas-guzzling SUV," Starnes wrote. "And later tonight, I’ll remove an ice tray from my freezer to watch the ice cubes melt."
Celebrate accordingly, America!