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Exactly three years after the entry into force of the Paris climate agreement, the American government has redeemed the campaign promise by President Donald Trump: the exit from the historic treaty of the United Nations to curb global warming is formally initiated. After a one-year deadline, the United States could withdraw from the Paris Agreement on November 4 of 2020 at the earliest, one day after the US presidential election and a week before the Glasgow Climate Change Conference next year.

“United States is the second largest polluter of greenhouse gases after China and accounts for almost a quarter of all global emissions”

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called an “unfair economic burden” on American workers, businesses and taxpayers. At the international level, it will continue to work for a “realistic and pragmatic model” for the protection of the climate. The United States is the second largest polluter of greenhouse gases after China and accounts for almost a quarter of all global emissions.

A political earthquake triggered Washington’s unilateralism just as little as Trump’s hoped-for domino effect in international climate diplomacy. On the contrary, the ranks close. Last, in September, Russia was the last of 195 nations to sign the Paris climate agreement.

Yale University survey showed a clear majority – 77 percent – of the American population support Paris climate agreement

This is not the only reason why the disappointment and indignation that has been re-heard by politicians and activists worldwide following the official resignation campaign are adding new hope. According to a recent survey of the “Washington Post” in October, Trump also loses support within its own ranks for its climate policy. According to the survey, 60 percent of Republicans agree with the scientific consensus on the existence of man-made climate change, and 92 percent of Democrats’ supporters. A representative survey of Yale University last year showed that a clear majority – 77 percent – of the American population support membership of the Paris Treaty.

Thousands of regional players, local communities and American companies have renewed their commitments under Pompeo’s speech through initiatives such as “America’s Pledge” and “We are still in” and affirmed their commitment to the objectives of the agreement. All initiatives together represent seventy percent of the gross domestic product and two-thirds of the population.

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