We owe no apologies to other nations for our environmental responsibility. Indeed, even before the signing of the Paris Agreement, America had reduced its carbon footprint to its level of the early 1990s. In fact, between 2000 and 2014, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by more than 18%. And this was not done by the government`s mandate, but by the innovation and technology of the American private sector. This delay is due to the complex rules that have been incorporated into the Paris Agreement to deal with the possibility for a future US president to decide to withdraw the country from the agreement. China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal-fired power plants. So we cannot build the facilities, but they can do so, in accordance with this agreement. India is allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Remember that India can double its coal production. I want us to get rid of ours. Europe can also continue to build coal-fired power plants. President Trump is withdrawing us from the Paris climate agreement.

Trump – a climate denier who claimed climate change was a “scam” committed by China – announced in June 2017 his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. But despite the rose garden president`s statement that “we`re going out, ” it`s not that simple. The withdrawal process requires the agreement to be in force for three years before a country can formally announce its intention to withdraw. It will be a year before leaving the pact. This means that the United States would not be able to officially withdraw until November 4, 2020, the day after the presidential elections. Even a formal withdrawal would not necessarily be permanent, experts say; A future president could return in just one month. Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which set legally binding emission reduction targets (as well as sanctions for non-compliance) only for developed countries, the Paris Agreement requires all countries – rich, poor, developed and developing – to contribute to and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the Paris Agreement incorporates greater flexibility: there is no language about the commitments countries should make, nations can voluntarily set their emissions targets (NNCs), and countries will not be punished if they fail to meet their proposed targets.

But what the Paris Agreement requires is to monitor, report and reassess over time the individual and collective goals of countries in order to bring the world closer to the broader goals of the agreement. . . .

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