Donald Trump and Paris Agreement

Donald Trump and Paris Agreement

President-elect Donald Trump repeated called global warming and the resultant climate change a 'hoax,' and vowed during his election campaigns to "cancel" the United States' role in the landmark Paris Agreement.

However, in a recent interview, Trump said that he had an "open mind" over U. S. involvement in the Paris Agreement promised to "look very carefully" at the international climate deal. Experts also believe that it would not be possible for the U. S. to cancel the deal because it has already taken effect.

The Paris Agreement allows participating nations to withdraw, but only after the third year following the agreement's entry into force. It means the Trump administration will not be able to with from the deal until November 2019. Moreover, the withdrawal won't take effect before one year from that date, i. e. November 2020, which would mark the end of Trump's term.

But, the President-elect can technically pull the U. S. out of the pact. However, doing so will not be without diplomatic and legal risks. For instance, some other nations, taking notice of the U. S. withdrawal, could also start disregarding their climate commitments. It is also possible that some states could stop trading with the U. S. or impose hefty tariffs on imports on American goods.

As the U. S. is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, environmental advocates worry that the nation's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement could jeopardize the goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C from preindustrial levels.


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