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International criticism of the US announcement that they will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

International criticism of the US announcement that they will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

There has been extensive international criticism of the US President Trump’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

President Trump has said that the agreement punished the US and would them cost millions of jobs. He addressed the White House saying that he was prepared to negotiate a new agreement or to re-enter on amended terms.

The Paris Agreement commits the US, as well as 187 other countries, to keep rising global temperatures well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Trump claims to be fulfilling his duty to protect America and its citizens as the agreement could cost the US around $3 trillion and 6.5 million jobs.

The President has not given a timescale for the US’s withdrawal however, under the agreement, a country seeking to leave can only give notice 3 years after the date which it came into force – 16th November 2016. After this, the process of leaving takes another year, meaning that the US would not leave the agreement until just weeks after the next US presidential election in 2020.

In addition to this announcement, US payments to the UN Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries handle the effects of climate change, will also now stop.

Many have criticised the President’s decision, stating that he is jeopardising the future of not only the United States but also the world.

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