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U.S. kicks off withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Christian Fernsby |
The United States began on Monday the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, according to a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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U.S. President Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that his country would leave the Paris Agreement.

According to the Paris Agreement, its signatories can only formally request to quit the pact three years after it takes force, which falls upon Nov. 4, 2019, and the withdrawal will take effect one year from delivery of the notification.

It means that the United States will formally pull out of the pact on November. 4, 2020.

The administration of former US President Barack Obama signed the US onto the pact, promising a 26-28 percent cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Responding to the Trump administration's move on Monday, environmental groups said they hoped the US president would be defeated in 2020 by a rival who would re-join the agreement with bold new targets.

"The next president will need to rejoin the accord immediately and commit to the rapid, wholesale clean-energy transformation the climate emergency demands," said Jean Su, energy director with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Dozens of US governors, mayors and other local leaders have reaffirmed their vow to continue to meet Paris agreement targets in the America's Pledge initiative in the absence of federal leadership.

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