Paris climate agreement exit may be imminent

The U.S. may be about to break free from the UN’s awful Paris climate agreement.

Myron Ebell, a long-time friend of CFACT, headed up President Trump’s transition team for EPA.  Yesterday, he told reporters in London the President will “withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”

We posted details on

Reuters reports that “any country wanting to pull out of the Paris agreement after ratifying it has to wait four years.”

“A source on Trump’s transition team said last year that there were speedier alternatives, such as sending a letter withdrawing from the 1992 international framework accord that is the parent treaty of the agreement; voiding U.S. involvement in both in a year’s time; or issuing a presidential order simply deleting the U.S. signature from the Paris accord.”

“Ebell said the ‘cleanest way’ would be to withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change itself.”

A CFACT delegation actively participated in the UN’s climate summit in Paris.  The agreement that came out of that conference was a mistake for the U.S. and the world. 

Even if one accepts climate computer models as accurate (though they never have been), the agreement will have little or no meaningful impact on future global temperature.  The costs, however, are tremendous.  The UN agreement fails any rational cost-benefit analysis.

The UN agreement would force the U.S. to throttle down its energy sector at the same time nations such as China and India are building coal plants as fast as their economies allow. 

The agreement also calls for the U.S. and its allies to transfer billions to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. 

The Paris agreement is riddled with flaws.  We have detailed coverage at  The agreement has always been “all pain, no gain,” as CFACT has explained from the start.

Americans should cheer any steps that would free our nation from this ill-begotten UN climate regime.

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker
Executive Director



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