Trump decides whether to withdraw US from Paris Climate Agreement

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 19.5.2017 12:32

At the Arctic Council meeting on 10 April, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and aims at reducing greenhouse gases. However, during the meeting, he stated that the US President Donald Trump will decide whether the US will continue to be a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement after the G7 meeting on 26-27 May.

The Paris Climate Agreement, which came into effect late last year, is a commitment to the global reduction of CO2 emissions, which is a major issue for the US, one of the largest carbon producers. Not even the Trump administration itself agrees on whether or not the US should stay in the deal. The potential withdrawal of the US was also noted by the EU when EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini mentioned that the participation of the US is essential to the future of the agreement. The Paris Climate Agreement also incorporated the requirements of developing countries who increased their greenhouse gas emissions after adopting the Kyoto Protocol, therefore the Paris Climate Agreement has greater potential to be successful in the fight against climate change than the Kyoto Protocol.

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