U.S. formally pulls out of Paris Agreement
It's the first official step the United States has made to pull out of the pact since President Donald Trump announced plans to back out of it June 1.
The State Department issued a statement saying it notified the United Nations it would withdraw as soon as it's eligible. The terms of the Paris Agreement indicate no country can officially announce intent to withdraw until November 2019, and withdrawal can't happen for another year after that.
"The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security," the statement said.
"We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions." ■