Donald Trump gave another show on the lawn of the White House today during which he announced that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. The only problem is he can’t do that…
Countries can’t withdraw until three years after the Paris Agreement went into effect.
The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 — so this means the US would have to stay with it until November 2019.
After that, the rules mandate a one-year notice period, which would mean a withdrawal in late 2020 — after the next presidential election on November 3, 2020.
Here’s what the Paris Agreement‘s Article 28 stipulates:
1. At any time after three years from the date on which this Agreement has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Agreement by giving written notification to the Depositary.
2. Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal, or on such later date as may be specified in the notification of withdrawal.
Another Trump failure.