Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The US is leaving the Paris Agreement: How that will affect the global mission to affect climate change

The country has lost its standing as a climate leader, but it can get it back.

The U.S. is set to officially withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on Nov. 4, a day after the presidential election.

Julia Jacobo
ABC News

The U.S. is set to officially withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on Wednesday, three years after President Donald Trump announced his intent to remove the country from participating in the global forum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The historic accord seeks to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, the value that climate scientists have determined will have disastrous consequences if exceeded. Trump has assailed the agreement as economically detrimental and claimed it could cost the country 2.5 million jobs by 2025. He also said it gave other major emitters, such as China, a free pass.

While a number of environmental policy experts believe the move was a step back from what was previously seen as an era of environmental responsibility during the Obama administration, several who spoke to ABC News on the issue agreed that the U.S. has the ability to regain a title as a world leader in climate action in the coming years.  Read more >>