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The US is officially out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Here's what could happen next

November 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The United States officially exited the Paris climate accord today, the landmark agreement aimed to protect the planet from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis. Whether the US gets back involved in depends on the outcome of the presidential election.

(CNN)The US became the first country to officially exit the Paris climate accord Wednesday, the landmark agreement aimed at protecting the planet from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis.

Trump first announced his plans to get out of the agreement more than three years ago, and his administration has shown little interest in rejoining the global climate fight.

Trump has given no indication that he intends to rejoin the accord if he wins a second term, and his administration has spent much of the last four years unwinding regulations aimed to reduce the US' heat trapping gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Biden has promised to reenter the agreement as soon as possible after his inauguration if he wins the election, and his $2 trillion climate plan calls for the US to reach 100% clean electricity generation by 2035.

If the US were to reenter, it would be expected to announce more ambitious reductions to achieve by 2030, and outline detailed plans for how it will hit those goals, according to Andrew Light, a former senior climate official in the Obama administration's State Department.

Light expects that Biden would no doubt use executive actions and push to include clean energy funding in a new stimulus package next year if he wins the presidency.

Domestically, we should expect a continuation of the trends we've seen over the last four years, where efforts by states like California and New York to slash emissions come into conflict with the Trump administration's efforts to rollback regulations, according to Jonathan Pershing, a former special envoy for climate change at the US Department of State during the Obama administration.

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