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US decision to exit Paris Agreement disappointing

01 Jun 2017 10:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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WASHINGTON, DC, 1 June – The Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement is disappointing, says IETA.

After several weeks of discussion, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the country from the 2015 agreement. According to the agreement’s provisions, the soonest any country can withdraw is 9 November 2020.

“The decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement is disappointing, but we believe other international leaders will rally to advance this hard-won international deal,” says IETA President and CEO Dirk Forrister. “IETA will continue to engage with the rest of the international community on turning the agreement’s words into action.”

He adds: “We encourage the US administration to consult with state officials and corporate leaders on an action agenda that can draw on the many successes around the country in tapping market forces for climate protection. US action remains important for the climate challenge, and it merits a market-based approach that leverages the country’s strengths of technology innovation, financial prowess and the entrepreneurial spirit.”

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