Donald Trump announced his decision today to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, a 195-nation deal to protect the planet.
The Paris Accord, adopted in 2015, establishes a global coalition to fight climate change. By reducing harmful greenhouse emissions, the impacts of climate change are reduced. Participating members agreed, upon signing, to limit their carbon outputs and help mitigate global warming. Today, Trump called the deal “very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” with the rationale that environmental regulations hurt American energy corporations.
Supporters of the deal argue that such limitations are necessary to protect the planet for generations to come. Opponents attack it as placing unnecessary restrictions on the use of fossil fuels. But the fact is that this is a voluntary pledge, in an effort to protect the environment from the devastating effects of unregulated carbon emissions.
The process to fully withdraw will take a couple of years – officially on November 2019. But this move could have immediate consequences. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former vice president Al Gore stated that abandoning the agreement “undermines American’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.”
The Paris Agreement brought world leaders together to take steps to protect the Earth. Among the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, the United States has an enormous impact on the environment.