Since Trump`s announcement, U.S. envoys – as well as on behalf – have continued to participate in U.N. climate negotiations to shore up the details of the agreement. Meanwhile, thousands of heads of state and government have intervened across the country to fill the void created by the lack of federal climate leadership, reflecting the will of the vast majority of Americans who support the Paris agreement. City and state officials, business leaders, universities and individuals included a base amount to participate in initiatives such as America`s Pledge, the United States Climate Alliance, We Are Still In and the American Cities Climate Challenge. Complementary and sometimes overlapping movements aim to deepen and accelerate efforts to combat climate change at the local, regional and national levels. Each of these efforts focuses on the willingness of the United States to work toward the goals of the Paris Agreement, despite Trump`s attempts to lead the country in the opposite direction. The futility of the agreement is manifested by the continued destruction of our planet. Since the signing of the agreement, global CO2 emissions have increased by about 4%. And last year, emissions from all fossil fuel sources increased: coal emissions increased by 1%, oil by 1.7% and gas by 3%. We have not even reached the peak of CO2 emissions.
I am ready to work immediately with democratic leaders, either to negotiate our return to Paris, on a level playing field for the United States and its workers, or to negotiate a new agreement that protects our country and its taxpayers. (Applause) But it is clear that China is not the only major economy to have a gap between its short-term goals and the long-term vision of decarbonization in accordance with the agreement. On these and other issues, we are taking into account our commitments. And I don`t want anything to get in the way of us. I fight every day for the great people of this country. To fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will therefore withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement – (Applause) — thank you, thank you – but start negotiations to revive either the Paris Agreement or a completely new transaction, on terms that are up to the United States, its companies, its workers, its citizens. , their taxpayers. Then we`re going down. But we will start the negotiations and see if we can reach a fair agreement. And if we can, it`s great.
And if we can`t, it doesn`t matter. (Applause) The Paris Agreement is an environmental agreement that was adopted by almost all nations in 2015 to combat climate change and its negative effects.