The State Department on Friday formally withdrew from the Paris climate accord, confirming President Trump’s earlier pledge that the US would pull out.
“Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations … regarding the US intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, “ the department said in a statement.
Trump pulls US out of Paris climate deal
“As the president indicated … he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.”
The US, according to the statement, will continue to cut greenhouse gas emissions and work with other nations to help them use fossil fuels with technology that would reduce pollution.
The US will also continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings.
Trump announced on June 1 that the US would withdraw from the Paris accord, a move critics charged would hamper worldwide efforts to slow climate change.
In a Rose Garden speech, Trump said the 2015 pact would harm American businesses and workers.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president said at the time.