This article was originally published just before President Trump`s announcement of the U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, pending the outcome. Since then, it has been updated to reflect the decision. Risks are increasing because, historically, these agreements only become ambitious over time. In other words, the Paris framework is a starting point, no matter how bad, it is not an end point. And the exit from the agreement protects the United States from future violations of U.S. sovereignty and from any future massive legal liability. Believe me, we have a massive legal responsibility if we continue to do so. Today, the United States began the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the United States has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal.
The revocation will take effect one year after notification. The Paris Agreement is hampering the U.S. economy to receive praise from foreign capitals and global activists who have long sought prosperity at the expense of our country. You don`t put America first. That`s what I do, and I always will. (Applause) Republicans have mixed down Trump`s decision to step down. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration has shown “real leadership” in pulling the United States out of international agreements that he called “a wealth transfer from the world`s most powerful economy to other countries in the world.” He also said he did not understand why Democrats and Liberals in the United States and the left around the world are dealing with climate change.   Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Of Representatives spokesman Paul Ryan, counsel to President Kellyanne Conway and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hailed the decision as a victory for the American middle class, workers, businesses and coal miners.
   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called Trump`s decision “courageous” and said it was a burden on the U.S. taxpayer.  Maine Senator Susan Collins, however, criticized the decision and said she was disappointed.  Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video address in which he called Trump`s decision a regression.  Although U.S. participation in the Paris agreement is ultimately determined by the outcome of the 2020 elections, supporters of the pact say they must plan for a future without U.S. cooperation. And diplomats fear that Mr. Trump, who has mocked climate science as a joke, is actively working against global efforts to move away from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Maintaining the agreement could also be serious obstacles for the United States when we begin to implement the restrictions on the abundant energy reserves of the United States, which we have very strongly initiated. It would have been unthinkable if an international agreement could have prevented the United States from conducting its own internal economic affairs, but that is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or negotiate a much better deal. The White House said Trump would end the implementation of former President Barack Obama`s CO2 reduction targets, and that the withdrawal would be consistent with the years of withdrawal processes under the agreement.  On September 16, 2017, an EU official said that the Trump administration had apparently weakened its position on exiting the agreement. The White House informed the press that it had not changed its position on the agreement.   If the withdrawal takes effect, the United States will be the only UNFCCC member states not to have signed the Paris Agreement.