Today the U.S. officially became the only country to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change. The withdrawal comes a day after the U.S. election, the results of which are still unclear. If a U.S. administration sends a request to the United Nations to re-enter the accord, the country would again be party to the Paris Agreement after a period of 30 days.
Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate & Economics, World Resources Institute:
“The decision to leave the Paris Agreement was wrong when it was announced and is still wrong today. The climate crisis is a threat to America’s prosperity and wellbeing, and most Americans want the government to pursue the goals outlined in the Agreement. Simply put, the United States should stay with the other 189 parties to the Agreement, not go out alone. The United States should be at the forefront of global efforts to stave off the climate crisis.”