VIDEO: Trump Tells U.N. the U.S. is Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

President Trump dealt a blow to global leaders holding out hope that he would not actually pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Joe Biden responded, calling the action “shameful.”

As the climate crisis worsens each day and California burns and Iowa floods, Trump continues to abandon science and our international leadership. He just notified the United Nations of our official withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. It’s shameful.

UPI reports on the third anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement going into effect, the Trump administration announced that it has begun the process to withdraw from the multination landmark environmental accord.

In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations, which will go into effect in one year’s time. It was the first day the Trump administration was able to formally ask to withdraw from the accord.

“Today, we begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement,” Pompeo said via Twitter. “The U.S. is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model.”

In 2015, President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 countries signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius by pre-industrial levels while attempting to limit the increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century through countries voluntarily vowing to curb the production of greenhouse gases. It also calls for developed countries to support developing countries in their efforts to build environmentally sustainable futures.

Last year, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the agreement is not simply a piece of paper but “a historic compact among nations, a compact to ensure our survival.”

Heralded internationally as a success for the environment, the deal has come under criticism, particularly by President Donald Trump who has vowed to undo the Obama administration’s signing of the deal that went into effect Nov. 4, 2016, as he says it disadvantages the United States at the benefit of other countries.

“The agreement is less about climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States,” he said in announcing his intentions in June 2017 to pull out of the accord. “The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement – they went wild, they were so happy – for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage.”

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