After the November 2020 election, Joe Biden was elected president-elect and defeated Trump. As part of his transition plan, Biden announced that one of his first actions, on the first day of his term, would be to bring the United States back to the Paris Agreement. He also announced his intention to support the U.S. commitment to mitigate climate change, in accordance with the Paris Agreement. [17] [18] USA Today said in an editorial: “There was no grandeur in the decision it made on Thursday, but only the increased prospect of a climate-stricken globe left for future generations.” [188] The New York Times called it “outrageous” and said that Trump “knew nothing or cared little about the science that understugs with the strong warnings about environmental disorders.” [189] At a rose garden ceremony on June 1, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump argued that meeting the goals of the agreement, which was to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, would have a negative impact on job growth, hamper production and lead to dramatic declines in the coal mining, natural gas, steel and cement industries. He also stressed that the agreement had set unfair standards for U.S. efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, while it would allow developing countries such as China and India to provide greater flexibility to meet their own climate goals. At the end of his speech, Trump left open the possibility of renegotiating the agreement to give the United States a better deal that serves the country`s interests: BERLIN – The United States officially left wednesday the Paris Agreement, a global pact developed five years ago to avoid the threat of catastrophic climate change. The main objective of the agreement is to keep the increase in the average global temperature at a level well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement is different from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the last UNFCCC amendment, which was widely adopted, as no annex is established to reduce the liability of developing countries.

On the contrary, emission targets have been negotiated separately for each nation and must be implemented voluntarily, so U.S. officials view the Paris agreement as an executive agreement rather than a legally binding agreement. This reversed the U.S. Congress` commitment to ratify the agreement. [20] In April 2016, the United States signed the Paris Agreement and adopted it by executive order in September 2016. President Obama forced the United States to pay $3 billion for the Green Climate Fund. [21] The Fund has set a goal of raising $100 billion per year by 2020.