Despite the wishes of his daughter, Ivanka, President Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will lead a small team to work on the withdrawal details and how it will be executed. Details on how the withdrawal will exactly take place are being studied by a small team that includes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Right now the team is deciding if they will fully and formally withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, a process that will take up to three years, or pull out of the United Nations climate treaty, which will take less time, but would be viewed as more extreme, according to Axios.
The Paris climate accord was an agreement by all but two nations in the world to reduce carbon emission and look toward new technologies or alternate technologies to fight climate change. The United States was viewed as a leader in this movement and the accord was one of the jewels of former President Barack Obama’s time in office. The decision by Donald Trump today means the U.S. will now join Nicaragua, who thought the accord was not good enough, and Syria, who is in the middle of a civil war.
By Cletus Dillwood
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