President Trump’s Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, today announced the beginning of a yearlong process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement—a follow up to a presidential promise made in 2017. Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment, praised today’s announcement:
“Secretary of State Pompeo has today started the formal process to withdraw the United States from the disastrous UN Paris climate treaty and reclaim its sovereign right to set its own energy policy. This is a great day for America, particularly for the future economic success and security of countless Americans. CEI congratulates President Trump for keeping his most important deregulatory campaign promise and looking out for the country’s best interests.”
CEI Senior Fellow Pat Michaels said:
“The President was right to withdraw from the Paris Accord. It was (and is) climatically meaningless and guarantees that China will produce the lion's share of carbon dioxide emissions for the forseeable future. It should also be well noted that, since 2005, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have dropped more than those from any other large industrialized nation. We didn’t have Paris in 2005 and we don’t need it now.”
November 4, 2020 is the anticipated date by which the U.S. withdrawal from the treaty becomes final.