Julia Poska | November 6, 2019
The United States has officially notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
President Trump announced his intent to withdraw on the campaign trail and again in January 2017. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Monday that the administration had begun the formal, one-year withdrawal process that day. U.N. rules declared Nov. 4 the first day formal withdrawal was possible, according to the BBC.
If a new president is elected in 2020, he or she may choose to reenter the agreement, which intends to minimize global temperature increase by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in participation nations.
In the meantime, over 3,000 U.S. cities, counties, states, businesses, tribes and institutions have declared intent to cut emissions in line with the agreement via the “We Are Still In” declaration. In Iowa, 26 parties have signed on including…
- The cities of Des Moines, Iowa City, Dubuque and Fairfield
- Johnson and Linn Counties
- Coe College, Grinnell College, Kirkwood Community College, Luther College, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa