By Editors of Power Engineering
Jun 1, 2017
Donald Trump has announced the United States will withdraw from participation in the Paris climate agreement, though the country will respect the process laid out by the agreement.
Formally exiting the agreement will take four years to complete, meaning the process would not complete until after the next presidential election, the New York Times reported.
Trump’s secretary of state Rex Tillerson has argued for keeping the United States in the Paris accord, as has ExxonMobil, the company he previously headed. EPA head Scott Pruitt supports an exit from the agreement, as do 22 Republican senators.
The agreement, negotiated in 2015 and supported by the Obama administration, was signed by 190 countries and has been fully joined by 147 of them so far. It’s also backed by large companies that would be affected by the accord, including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Exxon Mobil.
Lisa Jacobson, president of The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, also urged the United States remain in the agreement.
“The Council has been an active business participant in international climate change discussions for the past 25 years, and we caution against a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” she said. “The United States has achieved a position of leadership in this inter-governmental process, and American guidance has been critical in creating a framework that is inclusive of all countries, transparent and protects the innovation and investments of American companies.”
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