United States President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing for the country’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
Formal withdrawal from the accord — alternatively known as the Paris Agreement — will be processed for a year before it can be completed according to its rules. Leaving behind the landmark agreement from back in 2015 will mark the fulfillment of President Trump’s key promise from his campaign. Almost 200 nations took the pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The move will position the United States at odds against the rest of the world regarding a highly-prioritized international policy.
“I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided climate accord, was a total disaster for our country,” the president said addressing a cheering crowd on Wednesday at a Pittsburgh natural gas conference, as per The New York Times.
According to the publication, President Trump seemed to be oblivious to the in-depth details of the withdrawal with no mention of his administration’s plans regarding the matter.
“I thought when I did that it would be very tough, and all I do is get applauded for that move,” he continued.
A U.S. State Department spokesman declined to tell if the government agency has completed a drafted notice to the United Nations. Submitting the notice will set the official withdrawal in motion and begin the yearlong clock before the country can formally distance itself from the Paris Agreement.
In a statement retrieved by the news outlet, the agency said, “The U.S. position on the Paris Agreement has not changed. The United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”