U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS AGREEMENT CASTS THE STAKES OF ELECTION IN PLANETARY TERMS

U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS AGREEMENT CASTS THE STAKES OF ELECTION IN PLANETARY TERMS

Joe Biden has promised to reenter the Paris climate accord on the first day of his presidency.

THE UNITED STATES officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement today, casting the stakes of the still-undecided presidential election in planetary terms. With the completion of the formal withdrawal process, which Trump began in June 2017, the U.S. became the only country in the world not to participate in the global effort to fight the climate crisis.

Trump, who has dismissed climate change as a hoax and rolled back dozens of environmental regulations designed to protect the environment and stave off climate change, decided to exit the international agreement early in his term. But because the accord didn’t allow countries to begin the formal withdrawal process until three years after it went into effect, the yearlong process officially began on November 4, 2019.

Joe Biden has promised to reenter the climate accord on the first day of his presidency. The process of rejoining would take just 30 days, enabling the country to be readmitted as a party as soon as February 19, 2021.

The agreement, named for the city where the United Nations Conference of Parties struck it in 2015, aims to limit the global temperature rise to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.