Trump to file notice withdrawing U.S. from Paris climate deal

Trump to file notice withdrawing U.S. from Paris climate deal

That's still to come.

"The letter is a reminder that when it comes to climate, the U.S. administration is out-of-step with the majority of Americans and the rest of the world", Andrew Steer, head of the research organization World Resources Institute, said in a statement.

President Emmanuel Macron of France, after inviting Mr. Trump to Paris, said he believed he had convinced the American president to stay in the climate accord. "With his decision on the Paris agreement, it is even more so important to make this information available because it shows the kinds of wonderful things states can do without waiting for the federal government".

Friday's move would be mostly ceremonial, because under the terms of the Paris deal, no country can formally announce its intention to pull out until November 4, 2019, the three-year anniversary of when it came into force. It will then take one year to negotiate the exit. That means the earliest the US can be out of the climate agreement is November 4, 2020 - the day after the next presidential election.

"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 State Department said in its press release, adding that the US will continue to support a balanced approach to climate policy that "lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security".

Over the course of the next four years, the State Department said the USA will "continue to participate in global climate change negotiations and meetings ... to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration".

Under the agreement, countries set their own national plans for cutting climate emissions. Under the Obama administration, the USA vowed to reduce its climate pollution 26% to 28% by 2025 when compared to 2005 levels. But Trump can't unilaterally change the text of the Paris deal.

No matter what the US does, the Paris agreement remains in effect because enough other countries ratified it.

The world has already warmed about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) since the Industrial Revolution.

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