US PRESIDENT-ELECT WILL TRY TO WITHDRAW FROM PARIS ACCORD ON DAY ONE

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14 november 2016

Source: Trump seeks to exit Paris Agreement on day one

Evan Lehmann, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, November 14, 2016

The Trump administration is exploring steps to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement on Jan. 20, 2017, the first day of Donald Trump's presidency, according to a person working on the transition team.

"I think this is likely a first-day action," the source said on the condition on anonymity.

Two primary options are being explored to remove the United States from the global climate accord finalized in December with the consent of almost 200 nations. One involves terminating U.S. membership in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the treaty created in 1992 that led to the Paris Agreement.

The other scenario entails issuing an executive order rescinding the United States' participation in the Paris deal. Trump transition officials anticipate that either option would likely ignite fierce opposition from other nations.

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