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The US Officially Exits the Paris Accord

As of 4, November 2020, under United Nations rules, the United States is officially out of the global climate accord.

As of 4, November 2020, under United Nations rules, the United States is officially out of the global climate accord. 

Incumbent US President Donald Trump announced the move last June 2017, but according to UN regulations,  the exit decision will only take effect the day after the US election.

The Paris deal was created in 2015 to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change to prevent the rise of global temperatures. 

The Paris accord mandates member countries to set their own voluntary targets for reducing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and to provide transparent efforts on their efforts. 

Trump explained that the US backed out of the Paris accord because it posed an “economic burden,” “job-killing,” and said it would “punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters.”

Despite the US departure, 189 countries still remain committed to the  Paris accord. 

Aside from the United States Angola, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Turkey, and Yemen have not formally adopted the agreement. 

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