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The Trump Administration

This blog series analyzes policies and actions by the Trump administration, and their potential implications for climate change, energy, economics and more.

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The Trump administration submitted a formal request to the United Nations to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The process of withdrawal takes one year, which means the United States will be out of the Paris Agreement on November 4, 2020. The U.S. could re-enter the Agreement within 30 days of a request to the United Nations. Read on for a statement from Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.

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The Paris Agreement was the result of unexpected collaboration between the United States and China. President Trump has backed his nation out of the deal, but the surge in subnational action in the U.S. creates an opportunity for joint research, knowledge transfer and continued low-carbon development.

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Representatives from countries accounting for 90 percent of the world’s clean energy investment and 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions will gather in Beijing this week for the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial. Will they advance renewable energy and efficiency, or will the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement set the talks back?

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