The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
On 4 November 2019, the State Department began the process of withdrawing from the Agreement. The request to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a significant addition to the series of rollbacks in climate policy that could increase GHG emissions.
This followed President Trump’s June 2017 announcement that the United States would pull out of the Paris Agreement. This was the first major step in his campaign to systematically walk back US federal climate policy, weakening efforts from the previous administration to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The CAT rates the U.S. as ‘Critically Insufficient’ on account of its intended withdrawal from the Agreement. The U.S. will remain in this section until such time as it rescinds its withdrawal and put forwards a strengthened NDC.