Trump’s Paris Pullout “A Grave and Reckless Mistake”

WASHINGTON - President Trump today formally notified the United Nations of his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Under terms of the agreement, the U.S. would exit one year after U.N. notification, on November 4, 2020.

Following is a statement from Mitch Bernard, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Walking away from the Paris agreement is a grave and reckless mistake. We’ll all pay the price - none more than our children. Climate change won’t be solved without a global effort. It won’t happen without U.S. leadership. It won’t happen as long as the world’s second-largest climate polluter is backsliding on the climate pledge it has made to the rest of the world.

“Trump’s actions would abandon our children to a world of endlessly rising seas, vanishing species, widening deserts and raging wildfires, storms and floods. We can’t let that happen.” 

For a detailed blog on the Trump withdrawal by Jake Schmidt, managing director of the International Program at NRDC, go here:


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