This week, more than 11,000 scientists released another report that underscores the same concern: the world`s countries are not acting urgently enough to avoid the climate crisis. On these and other issues, we are taking into account our commitments. And I don`t want anything to get in the way of us. I fight every day for the great people of this country. To fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will therefore withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement – (Applause) — thank you, thank you – but start negotiations to revive either the Paris Agreement or a completely new transaction, on terms that are up to the United States, its companies, its workers, its citizens. , their taxpayers. Then we`re going down. But we will start the negotiations and see if we can reach a fair agreement. And if we can, it`s great. And if we can`t, it doesn`t matter. (Applause) 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. President Obama was able to formally enshrine the United States in the agreement through executive measures because he did not impose new legal obligations on the country. The United States already has a number of instruments on the books, under laws already passed by Congress to reduce carbon pollution. The country officially joined the agreement in September 2016, after submitting its request for participation. The Paris Agreement was only able to enter into force after the formal accession of at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global emissions. This happened on October 5, 2016 and the agreement came into force 30 days later, on November 4, 2016. In short, the agreement does not eliminate coal jobs, it only transfers those jobs from the United States and the United States and ships them overseas. This agreement is not so much about climate as it is about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States. The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement — they went wild; they were so happy – for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, in a very, very great economic disadvantage.
A cynic would say that the obvious reason for the economic competitors and their desire to stay in the agreement is that we continue to suffer this great self-inflicted economic injury.