Donald Trump’s administration made the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement official on Monday by filing the needed paperwork.
“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”
Many climate change activists see this move by Trump as an attack.
According to Politico, the official withdrawal won’t go into effect until after one year from the date the paperwork is filed. This means that the U.S. won’t leave the agreement until November 4, 2020, a day after Election Day.
The action would make the U.S. the only country on Earth not a party to the agreement, which calls on nations to set individual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.