The USA is Officially No Longer a Party to the Paris Agreement

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Breathe the free air America – whatever happens in the next few days, with this act of defiance the USA under President Trump has struck a heavy blow against the climate globalists.

Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

After a three-year delay, the US has become the first nation in the world to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

President Trump announced the move in June 2017, but UN regulations meant that his decision only takes effect today, the day after the US election.

The US could re-join it in future, should a president choose to do so.

What will the withdrawal mean in practice?

While the US now represents around 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it remains the world’s biggest and most powerful economy. 

While the US now represents around 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it remains the world’s biggest and most powerful economy. 

“Being out formally obviously hurts the US reputation,” said Andrew Light, a former senior climate change official in the Obama administration.

Others are hopeful that the US withdrawal will drive a sense of unity among others, and see new leadership emerge. 

“The EU green deal and carbon neutrality commitments from China, Japan and South Korea point to the inevitability of our collective transition off fossil fuels,” said Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris agreement and now chief executive of the European Climate Foundation.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54797743

Lets hope this withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is permanent.

97 thoughts on “The USA is Officially No Longer a Party to the Paris Agreement

  1. “The US could re-join it in future, should a president choose to do so.”
    NOT
    Congress has the authority to engage in treaties, not the president

    • Even so, if elected (still up in the air) Biden and a Democrat controlled House could leverage the divided Senate into passing the agreement or in lieu of passage enact national changes to mirror the agreement.

      • A treaty requires a vote of 2/3 of the Senate. That is of course in accordance with the Constitution which may not count for much if the Government is all Democrat.

        • Indeed.
          That’s why 0bama never forwarded any of his ersatz treaties to the US Senate for approval, because he knew they could gain the 2/3 majority vote. Would he have done so, it would have been immeasurably harder for President Trump to simply strike off the Paris Accords with a swoop of the pen.

          • If the establishment manages to rig the election, which looks increasingly likely at this point, you can stop worrying a whether you are in or out of Paris Accord. You have far bigger problems to deal with.

            All of what is happening was clearly predictable and I fear Trump’s reactions are going to be too little, too late.

    • While I share your concern that this Agreement (it is not a Treaty) should be reviewed and approved by both Houses of Congress, as a major Agreement, they’ve already skipped that step. Can’t see this Congress actually standing up to their responsibilities. Elections matter.

    • I agree, but the EPA can still issue regulations to limit CO2 under the Clean Air Act using a bogus but legal “Endangerment Finding” If Biden is elected, I would expect this to happen. So we get Paris through the back door.

        • That’ll only affect how the rest of the world can afford to enacts the Paris Agreement. But with or without that “contribution” the U.S. could still enact draconian measures similar to the Paris Agreement.
          And with AOC whispering in his ear, I would expect nothing less from Biden’s presidency

    • The legislative body know as the US Congress left the building a long time ago.
      Really, that body is the weak link in our system of govt. All they care about is re-election. Thus, they try to avoid voting on anything that might be controversial.

    • Obama agreed to commit the US to the Paris agreements, i.e., be subject to its financial and other obligations for decades.
      However, he never submitted the commitment to the US Senate for ratification, as required by the US Constitution. Trump rescinded the commitment. It became effective 3 years later, one day after the US presidential elections on November 3, 2020.

      UN Council would have determined a level of spending, say $500 billion/y, to be allocated by UN bureaucrats, to save the world from climate change. It would have assessed all members, likely in proportion to their GDPs. The non-OECD countries would continue to be more or less exempt from the Paris agreements. The US would have been assessed for more than $150 billion/y!
      https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/world-total-energy-consumption

  2. Was Paris ever ratified by the Senate? (I don’t think so.) Was America ever actually a party to Paris? (I don’t think so.)

    It looks like the Republicans will still hold the Senate by a narrow majority. link As far as I can tell, that means the best Biden/Harris can do is what Obama did.

    How could America be bound by a UN rule about leaving if it was never an official party to the Paris agreement?

    Stayed up way too late last night, my brain isn’t properly working …

    • commieBob, I believe you’re right. But it does not matter much. The great shock was Trump pulling the US out. That took the wind out of Paris’ sails. And since then, Paris has been acknowledged as a failure, also by the alarmists. It is nothing but an empty shell, and after Kyoto, Copenhagen and Paris, I doubt that anyone will try a new “climate saving” agreement again. So thank you, America!

    • Correct.
      It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.
      Supreme court anyone?
      As Roger Stone said, this happened before even with the JFK election.

    • My opinion, the US was never a party to the agreement. The only reason to withdraw is as a courtesy. It might aver some legal action.

  3. YES! 🙂

    And, we, the U.S., will STAY out.

    Trump won (check out % counted and margin of victory) Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia last night. Regardless of other possible gains/losses, in the end, Trump wins.

    Game over, solar, wind, carbon storage, and electric vehicles scammers.

    Bwah, ha ha ha haaaa! 🙂

    **********
    Democrat Denial can only delay the inevitable for so long.
    (arrrrgh, hard to be patient! )

    • You forget the troves of votes hidden in the basement, Janice, ready for late emergence.

      Sudden appearance of large tranches of Democrat votes in Michigan and Wisconsin inverted the standings. State outcomes may be reversed.

      I hope for a good outcome, but am no longer confident of it.

      • Mail in ballots will represent death of GOP. I saw this ballot harvesting take place in 2018 in CA. It is very dangerous and I honestly believe we are heading towards one party system. It is extremely difficult to win against it.

        • My prediction is the ballot harvesting will also be used against the more conservative parts of a democrat party in the primaries. More of the far left wing will be elected.

          • It works the other way in California legislative elections now. If no one gets 50% the top two candidates go into a runoff, regardless of party. Fairly often this pits two Democrats and Republican voters usually add enough to stop the more liberal one. It may be an unintended consequence.

            However this might be a distinction without a difference, because the more liberal-sounding one may just be more vocal about it.

      • Which just goes to show, if you Bide your time right, a basement can hold more than a presidential candidate.

      • I think that’s a bit of a tin-foil-hat point of view.
        Realistically, a moderately large overnight swing is to be expected in some states. The mail-in votes (even if you assume 100% above board with no fraud) were definitely strongly in favor of the Dems. In general conservatives/libertarians have been less scared by COVID, and more concerned about their vote being counted, so substantially less of them voted early by mail. I voted live yesterday, and personally fed my ballot into the machine – no opportunity for hanky-panky.
        Some states’ rules allow counting the mail-in votes in advance and having the number ready to add to the live voting, some can start counting mail votes on voting day, some can only start after the live vote is complete – it’s up to each state to set its rules. It’s these latter states that saw the largest swings.
        _In general_, there is no fraud in these cases. Specific issues may have happened, and hopefully will be investigated, but there’s nothing surprising by Trump losing a lot or all of his lead from the night before.
        What looks like a divided government (as long as the Senate stays in Republican hands) seems like the second-best option we could have hoped for.

        • Sudden spikes of votes for one party with no corresponding, even if lesser, spike in the votes for the other are very unlikely even for mail-in ballot counts and ipso facto suspicious.

          Several of them across several states are grounds for criminal investigation.

          • Some of those cases are definitely suspicious. I’m speaking of the overall trend of Trump losing his lead overnight. That there is a good reason for that doesn’t require anyone doing anything nefarious.

          • I didn’t see an Electoral College Trump lead overnight, Jonas.

            I just see a likely attempt to dishonestly prevent a Trump victory.

          • I saw a chart of votes (vertical axis) vs. clock time (horizontal axis) ….one of the states, Michigan, I think, had a sudden increase of 100,000 in Biden votes…. and NOT ONE Trump vote. This happened at something like 1:30 AM.
            Looks to me like “There’s Dirty Work Afoot!”

    • Unfortunately, a Trump win is looking less and less likely, with the absentee vote apparently being heavily in favor of Democrats, and as those ballots are counted, things will tend to swing towards Biden. Still, it could be very close.

    • Dream on,Trump needs either Michigan or Wisconsin and unless he gets the court to reverse one or the other global climate fraud will be even bigger than the political fraud that tipped the vote in these two states.

      • either Michigan or Wisconsin or Nevada or Arizona (the later was called too early, as there was an error with the % counted being reported as higher than it was, and is a lot closer than the early call predicted). Trump hasn’t lost yet (nor has Biden won yet) – as of this posting. it remains to be seen how it will all shake out (expect many court battles in the days and weeks to come).

    • Your celebratory post is very premature. The prediction of a “red mirage” is coming true. The mail-in “votes” are, in some cases, 100% Democrat and Biden is about to take the election. I predict he will be a dead man walking with Kamala Harris and the far-left taking over the administration is very short order. This November will go down in someone’s history as the day America died.

      • Don, Hundreds of thousands of votes in a row being counted end up 100% for one candidate with not even a single one for the opposing candidate? Even in the most heavily partisan districts, that seems highly unlikely and very dubious.

        • “Highly unlikely and very dubious” is still not clear evidence. It will be contested, and/or dismissed as “not enough votes affected to make a difference.”

          The only way to undo any potential damage done is to either throw out all mail-in votes, including the valid ones, or force a new election. Judges won’t take such a huge step without clear evidence.

          End result: Fraud – if any – worked. Sad, but true.

    • I stand by my assertion.

      When only bona fide ballots are counted (and our EXCELLENT legal team is skillfully litigating this), Trump and the liberty-loving people of the world win.

      The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

      Take heart.

      By the grace of God,

      TRUTH WINS.

  4. Unfortunately we do not need to be participating in the Paris Treaty as signatories for a Socialist Democrat controlled government to enact draconian changes that mirror the spirit of the Paris Agreement

  5. The Paris “Accord/Agreement” was never a treaty. Obama didn’t enter into anything that required the approval of congress. The Agreement could make all of the demands it wants for withdrawal but they are not binding, just like terms of the Agreement aren’t enforceable. The Paris Accord is just another move by the UN to pressure/humiliate countries into joining their scam. If Trump is victorious we will stay out of it for at least another 4 years but the way the scam is set up anyone can join anytime they want without requisites. The UN tries to make it like hotel California: “You can check out but you can never leave.”

    • Call it whatever name you want, if it looks like a treaty, and it acts like a treaty it *is* a treaty and only Congressional ratification makes it a legal treaty. Paris had no such ratification because Obama knew he’d never get it pass congress, so he played word games to pretend it was something other than what it really is.

  6. Amen!

    Here in Greece, our “germanophile” gorvernment is advertising the idiotic plan of “transforming Astypálaia, a small island of 1,200 peeps” into a green energy paradise with german wind turbines, chinese solar panels and german electric cars… under the aegis of proven fraudsters, Volkswagen.
    Brrrr
    This insanity needs to stop.

  7. So what ?
    Paris was a voluntary “agreement”
    No penalties for missing targets.
    You can virtue signal about “climate change” while doing nothing.
    China is allowed to do nothing until 2030, and maybe forever ?
    You don’t have to contribute to the green slush fund if you don’t want to. Obama
    “contributed $1 billion because he is a horse’s a-s-s, who now lives five or six
    feet above sea level … it’s safe now, because he stopped the seas from rising?

  8. Sadly it’s certainly one way to keep AOC etc off his back, for Biden to let them deal with re-entry to this agreement.

  9. Paris was cleverly crafted to sidestep the treaty issue. Most of it is voluntary. If they make changes though, such that certain things become requirements, then it would become a treaty, requiring ratification. So it is more to do with symbolism now.

    • Most of the cleverness came from Obama who spent eight in office going around Congress on everything and running the country with executive orders alone. He also manipulated CBO, EPA, and the courts on a daily basis. Most people don’t watch things at that level of detail and so they get away with it and get rewarded for it with a biased (bought) media too.

    • BC said: “Most of it is voluntary.” So true. If you read Agenda 21 everything is voluntary as well except they suggest how to deal with states that won’t comply by using shaming, intimidation, commerce pressure, etc. and how the UN as the “One World Government” could oversee it all.

    • If Biden wins, you can kiss the US Republic goodbye.

      The Democratic Party has gone full Progressive. They have openly colluded in violent sedition. They have made common cause with Antifa and BLM, both of which oppose the very existence of the US. They have supported cancel culture at every turn. They support defunding the police, which can only yield the streets to violence.

      All of that is deliberate.

      Their intentions show disdain of the Constitution — packing the Supreme Court, eliminating the Electoral College, produce a tyranny of the majority. NYC, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia will control every national election.

      Their open borders means “citizen” becomes meaningless. In-migrators across the southern border vote overwhelmingly Democrat because they want the services. California is the object example. Single Party states legislate the legality of whatever the elite prefer.

      Their equity, diversity, and inclusion are quotas, conformity, and racism. Their identity politics sow strife and disunity.

      If Biden wins by hook or by crook, and the borders open, the Democrats will never lose another election. The erosion of liberty will become constant.

      Their hate speech regulations already gut the First Amendment on school campuses from K to university-level all across the US. They have consistently tried to regulate the Second Amendment into non-existence.

      After they gain permanent control, Amendments 1 and 2 will be brushed aside by fiat. A politically whimsical court will destroy the due process of Amendments 3 to 8, and Amendments 9 and 10 will become meaningless.

      By 2100, the terrestrial climate will remain fine, but the US will be a satrapy of the UN and its unelected self-appointed elite.

      The American experiment in individual freedom will have been extinguished.

  10. This is immaterial.
    The WEF Great Reset has carried over all the Paris Climate Accord details as they are required for its primary purpose deindustrializing the West. It is all available online – read it. The UN Agenda 21/2030 is writ large with all the ‘Green New Deal’ [USA]/Net Zero [UK[ and Paris Accord [EU] requirements embedded in it. Together with less subtle things like the Fabian Progressive dystopian dream of no property rights – nobody would hold any private property. This is all using the COVID lockdowns for governments to show that politicians can exceed their authority without anyone stopping them. {search on: The Project COPS for COVID Truth ] So in January 2021 – the Davos WEF meeting will announce ‘The Great Reset’. It is all available to read, and the activity is fully supported by such luminaries as Prince Charles and Bill Gates.

  11. Is there a rebate check in the mail? Or did they spend all the money quickly on cocktails, political consultants, and bitcoin transfers out?

  12. Honestly, if this election goes the way it’s going now, none of this is going to matter. Things aren’t going to get better ever again – they’re about to destroy any mechanism upon which it would be possible.

    AGW was just one part of their agenda – and we’re about to get all of it.

    I stood up, when they came for everyone else – every time – but I still have no doubt at all absolutely no one is going to stand for me.

    I guess Goebbels wins.

    • I get your frustration, but the good news is that the Dems seem to not have increased their power in the Legislative area. Senate is still there to stop the worst of any House excesses.
      In general, divided government is good.

      • Religious (i.e. moral), self-moderating temperament to regulate honest people. Competing interests to mitigate the progress of others running amuck.

      • The executive controls the borders, Jonas.

        Expect Biden as president to open borders. In-migrants will get voting rights because “racism.” They will (be) settle(d) in swing states. The Democratic Party will not lose another national election and will come to control both Houses of Congress.

        • Yep – that’s one of the bad consequences that still looms over us. Not to mention what a Pres Harris might do…
          Doesn’t mean I’m not happy about the stopping of stuff like packing the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster, etc.
          C’mon, man – give me SOMETHING to allow me to feel better! 🙂

          • It’s the Democrats who want to pack the courts, and eliminate both the Electoral College and the filibuster, Jonas.

            Kamala Harris (probably president by 2022) will pursue those goals even more assiduously than Biden.

            Sincere regrets, but I see very little to feel better about.

          • As long as the Senate remains in the hands of Republicans (which currently looks like it will continue to do so, if barely, at least until the next senate election in 2022) she can pursue all she wants, she won’t be attaining.

        • Expect Biden as president to open borders. In-migrants will get voting rights because “racism.” They will (be) settle(d) in swing states. The Democratic Party will not lose another national election and will come to control both Houses of Congress.

          I’m not sure they will, Pat. I think most of the rhetoric about borders, and everything else, was just a cudgel to beat Trump about the head.

          Look at Bill Clinton’s take on immigration, pretty much exactly what Trump put forth. Schumer, before Trump came along, used the term “illegal aliens”, he didn’t after Trump was elected.

          In other words, it was all talk, to show how racist, anti-science, etc, that Trump was. They don’t really believe most of that nonsense. IMHO.

          • You may be right, Jeff.

            But since 2008, progressives have taken full control of the Democratic Party. They are ideological fanatics, unmoderated by practicalities.

            If Biden, and especially Harris, becomes president we’ll see if they mean what they say. I suspect they do.

          • I’m sure they will attempt to exert more control, in the name of whatever. But the first time there are food lines all over the place, and Nancy Pelosi still demands her fancy ice cream, there are gonna be genuine riots.

    • It is quite depressing. We are going to get the slow creep of Marxism over many years. I’ve always thought the best defense against Marxism is Marxism. That is to push it all right on the American people at once. Then they will see night and day what it is like and they will never vote for it for another 50 years. The slow creep is the worst because people then forget what freedom and prosperity really was like and they start to accept Marxism.

  13. The USA does not account for 15 % of greenhouse gas emissions Global CO2 emissions are trivial compared to H2O emissions which the Paris accord completely ignores. Molecule per molecule H2O is a stronger IR absorber than is CO2 and on average there is 50 times more H2O in the atmosphere then is CO2. In terms of the overall radiant greenhouse effect, the contribution of CO2 is trivial. The vast majority of H2O emissions comes from liquid H2O whose surface is open to the atmosphere. Mankind increases H2O emissions by using it as a coolant, agriculture, using it as a fire retardant, and other usages such as bathing and cleaning. Almost all living things are H2O emitters. H2O is also produced as a byproduct to burning materials that include Hydrogen. The Paris accord does nothing to curb H2O emissions and hence cannot significantly reduce the radiant greenhouse effect on a global basis. So for those that believe in the radiant greenhouse effect, the Paris accord cannot possible significantly reduce the Earth’s radiant greenhouse effect and hence will have no effect on global climate.

    • hate to disagree, but the water emitted by all life was absorbed from the
      surroundings… co2 (coal/oil) was stashed for a few million years and is now
      back in business(air wise)..

  14. It’s nothing to do with the climate or emissions. It’s money. The US taxpayers’ contribution to the Green Climate Fund. Obama gave it half a billion. Where has it gone?

    • I’m pretty sure Obama gave the Fund $1 Billion, $500 million twice. First $500M shortly after signing onto Paris, and the second one days before his term was over.

  15. What we really need to do is to withdraw from the UNFCCC Treaty of 1992. But I guess that will never happen. I would have thought though, that the US withdrawal from Paris might give at least one other country a smidgen of a backbone, or cajones to also withdraw. No one else? Really?

  16. Sorry to say, but a Biden win almost assures the end of countless freedoms enjoyed in the US. Not so long ago some Democrats were calling for the jailing of climate “Deniers”.
    Now they are super charged hyper leftist. They will most certainly pass laws criminalizing ” Denialism” and dissemination of such heretical thoughts. No the Supreme Court won’t stop it.
    I fear it’s over for the likes of us and freedom of speech such as this site. Yes really.

    • It will get much much much worse before it gets better. If ever. I don’t see any end or limit to the leftist ideology here.
      The only comfort, very little, I can take out of today’s society is that I only have 30-35 years left in the mortal realm. There’s no way to stop this radical destruction of US.

          • there wont be a civil war

            True

            The dems don’t know how to do war

            Oh, they know.

            the Republicans struggle to be civil have a backbone.

            fixed that for you. The Republicans (particularly the RINOs among them) tend to be a spineless bunch, which has given the Dems the upper hand for decades. It’s one of the reasons the left hates Trump so much, he actually has a spine and fights back.

          • The dems don’t know how to do war

            The dem-elites won’t get their hands dirty. They just hire thugs that do — Antifa and BLM for starters. Same methods as any heads of a mob-syndicate.

  17. ” to formally withdraw ”
    Meaningless, because once Obama left the WH he no longer could ship money to the Green Slush Fund.
    Why he could do that, I have no idea. Well, except the “leaders” of the House of Represenatives must have agreed.
    If Harris/Biden move into the WH, they can continue shoveling money to the Slush Fund in the same manner — apparently.

    • Hi, John,

      After all the wind-driven wildfires of last summer, glad to “see” you. 🙂

      Still “stand[ing] and wait[ing],” thus, serving…..

      Still encouraged by your Milton quote, over 7 years later.

      I hope all is well with you and Nancy.

      Your grateful WUWT pal,

      Janice

      • Hi Janice.
        We’re fine.
        A fellow using a back-hoe started a fire just a mile west of us.
        An immediate response and a hard road allowed it to be put to bed at 15 acres. Otherwise just smoke from one called the Evans Canyon Fire , 20 miles to the SW.

    • Heh. Cute, Bruce.

      Better yet, forget Paris and that climate scammer adultress, Ilsa, and link arms with a data-diven, liberty-loving, ally and say jauntily,

      “Louis [or, Boris, perhaps 🙂 ] I think this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

  18. Funny how they can’t actually point to any real world consequence of the withdrawal, just a lot of soft words like “feelings” and “sense” and “leadership”. Almost like the agreement is entirely pointless.

    I’ll make prediction – the U.S. will exceed our promised emission reductions in the Paris accords. And we will be one of the very few countries to do this.

  19. Whole world goes one way: one part of American politics goes the other way, due to funding from fossil fuel interests. Triumph for science, common sense and democracy? not!

    • griff, the whole third world is building LOTS of coal fired power stations

      Wind and solar are useless to them because they don’t have the reliability of grid scale coal and gas to cover all the windless nights and windless and cloudy days.

      Its only the western world that is trying to go backwards to be on an even footing with the third world.

      Russia, China, India, countries in Asia….

      …. they will still be producing plenty of life-giving CO2 emissions (we all know how much you hate life) for many decades to come. So don’t be too concerned.

      There is no “science” to support the anti-CO2 nonsense.

      You know that, because YOU CAN’T FIND ANY.

      And you certainly know absolutely NOTHING about common-sense, honesty, or rational thought.

      It will be interesting to see how the big city folks that voted in these marxist totalitarians will cope when there are no fossil fuels to deliver their food supplies and how they will cope with regular blackouts and no police service.. 🙂

      I’m sure they will find it highly enjoyable, especially the gangs and BLM/AntiFa fascist thugs.

      They will have a field day.

      I wish you were there , griff. !

    • Whole world goes one way

      Following the herd is not leadership. It’s being a lemming.

      one part of American politics goes the other way, due to funding from fossil fuel interests ignoring the green propaganda pretending to be science

      Fixed that for you.

    • I drove to work today in a V8 ICE SUV and a lot of other people did too. We drove the right way to work, not “the other way”. It was “due to” funding for family and spending in the economy and tax revenue for governments large and small. I also saved for the future by not paying car payments on a Tesla or paying for high depreciation on a luxury car–bought the Toyota used. I also did not work to pay for overpriced rooftop solar or personal wind mills that break. Yes, I’m saving for the future that hopefully comes to recognize agenda science, biased media, and Obama White House media spin campaigns that side step Congress and the treaty approval process in our Constitution.

    • You have it bassakwards Griff
      America isn’t run by fossil fuel interests, America Runs fossil fuel interests

  20. Just wondered what the back payments to Paris will be when Biden dives back in? Will there be a fine on top of the back payments?

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