U.S. notifies U.N. of withdrawal from climate Paris agreement
By Dayo Benson New York
Less than two months after the United Nations’ UN 74th General Assembly global summit on climate at its New York Headquarters, United States Monday began the formal process of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, citing unfair economic burden imposed on it.
Consequently, a notification to that effect has been communicated to the UN as required by the terms of the agreement which Nigeria is also a signatory. The withdrawal would, however, take effect a year after the notification date.
Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo, announced the U.S. withdraw process in a statement made available to the press from the office of the Spokesperson, Department of State.
President Donald Trump had on June 1, 2017, stunned member nations when he announced U.S. decision to pull out from the global climate deal.
Trump’s similar unilateral withdrawal of U.S. from Iran’s nuclear arms deal had recently sparked off restiveness in the Persian Gulf.
Secretary Pompeo in the statement recalled that President Trump took the decision because of perceived “unfair economic burden” the U.S. pledges to the Agreement “imposed on American workers, businesses and taxpayers.”
Pompeo explained that the U.S. had reduced all types of emissions, stressing that it would continue to grow its economy even as it ensured citizens’ access to energy.
“Today the United States began the process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. The withdrawal will take effect one year from delivery of the notification.
“As noted in his June 1, 2017 remarks, President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement.
“The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy. Our results speak for themselves: U.S. emissions of criteria air pollutants that impact human health and the environment declined by 74% between 1970 and 2018. U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005-2017, even as our economy grew over 19 percent.
“The U.S. approach incorporates the reality of the global energy mix and uses all energy sources and technologies cleanly and efficiently, including fossils fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy. In international climate discussions, we will continue to offer a realistic and pragmatic model – backed by a record of real world results – showing innovation and open markets lead to greater prosperity, fewer emissions, and more secure sources of energy.
“We will continue to work with our global partners to enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change and prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Just as we have in the past, the United States will continue to research, innovate, and grow our economy while reducing emissions and extending a helping hand to our friends and partners around the globe”, said Pompeo.