The United States will leave the Paris Agreement in the next year or two, but not before it can begin implementing the climate change goals of the accord, President Donald Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We have a long way to go, but we are not leaving,” Trump said.
“The United States is already in a position to meet its international commitments under the Paris Accord, and we will continue to work with our allies to do so.
The Paris Agreement is a historic achievement and an important step forward toward a new, clean and secure world.”
The agreement, negotiated by 195 countries and aimed at curbing global warming, was meant to address a growing number of serious climate problems, but it has been criticized for failing to address key problems like poverty, violence and extreme weather, among others.
Trump, who made the announcement in a White House ceremony on Wednesday, said the U.S. will implement the climate goals under the deal and then “go on to a clean, prosperous, and sustainable future.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly called the accord a “disaster,” saying the Paris deal does not go far enough to address the issue of climate change.
The U.N. climate body last week adopted a new target for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, but the White House has said the administration’s goals will still not be met.
Trump’s administration has been under pressure to abandon the Paris agreement since Trump announced in January that the U., a major carbon emitter, would no longer be bound by it.
His administration has also said that the country will be able to withdraw from the agreement without harming the economy.
Trump announced the U and China are closing a loophole that allowed the United Kingdom and other countries to meet the agreement’s climate goals without having to ratify it.