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The Paris Agreement

In Decem­ber 2015, the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty of nations endorsed the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment and its goal of reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions and lim­it­ing the glob­al tem­per­a­ture rise to below 2 degrees Cel­sius above pre-indus­tri­al levels.

2017-2021

  • June 2017

    In June 2017, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump with­drew the Unit­ed States from the Paris Agree­ment. While sig­na­to­ries can­not for­mal­ly leave the agree­ment until Novem­ber 4, 2020, the Trump admin­is­tra­tion’s deci­sion nev­er­the­less rep­re­sents a major set­back to glob­al efforts to address cli­mate change.

  • June 2017

    Nine­teen state attor­neys gen­er­al announced they are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the We Are Still In” coali­tion, join­ing forces with gov­er­nors, may­ors, busi­ness lead­ers, and uni­ver­si­ties to pledge to keep their states’ com­mit­ments to abide by the prin­ci­ples of the Paris Agreement.

  • Novem­ber 2020

    In Novem­ber 2020, the Trump admin­is­tra­tion for­mal­ly with­drew from the Paris Agree­ment. Cal­i­for­nia Attor­ney Gen­er­al Xavier Becer­ra released a state­ment in response to the with­draw­al, call­ing the deci­sion the spark that ignit­ed [the Trump] administration’s destruc­tive, anti-sci­ence agenda.”