US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

On June 1, 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement . While he stated that he was open to negotiating for “a better deal”, the truthfulness of his statement was disputed. During the presidential campaign, Trump had pledged to withdraw from the pact, saying a withdrawal would help American businesses and workers, especially those in the fossil fuel industry. Trump stated that the withdrawal would be in accordance with his America First policy.

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord:

In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States. We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair. As President, I can put no other consideration before the well-being of American citizens. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries. Leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production.

In accordance with Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, the earliest possible effective withdrawal date by the United States cannot be before November 4, 2020, four years after the Agreement came into effect in the United States and coincidentally one day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Until the withdrawal takes effect, the United States may be obligated to maintain its commitments under the Agreement, including the requirement to continue reporting its emissions to the United Nations. However, legal doubt has been expressed concerning the enforceability of provisions of an agreement executed solely by executive order that purports to limit the power of the presidency itself by disallowing immediate executive reversal.