US officially begins withdrawing from 2015 Paris climate agreement


The US has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he submitted a formal notice to the UN, starting a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year.

Pompeo called the Paris deal an “unfair economic burden” to the US economy.

“In international climate discussions, we will continue to offer a realistic and pragmatic model, backed by a record of real world results showing innovation and open markets lead to greater prosperity, fewer emissions and more secure sources of energy,” Pompeo said in a statement.

-Noah Harte