Recent media reports state President Trump will make a decision after the G7 summit regarding whether the U.S. will remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. For weeks, the president has debated whether America should formally withdraw from the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and ratified by his predecessor, President Obama, last year. At issue is whether Article 4.11 allows a party to weaken its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. Critics of the agreement argue the administration remains committed to emissions reductions negotiated by President Obama’s team and therefore cannot weaken that commitment. Paris proponents believe the U.S. can adjust its emissions commitment citing legal opinions from a number of State Department lawyers directly involved with negotiations.
Unites States Paris Climate Agreement Commitment:
- The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions commit the U.S. to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025
- Once in effect, terms of the agreement state a party cannot withdraw for at least 3 years and must wait an additional year after notification to withdrawal to finalize the process.