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Should the US Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement?
The Paris Climate Agreement, also called the International Climate Agreement, has been adopted by 197 nations. The agreement's goal is reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century. The agreement includes ways to accomplish this goal, including pollution reduction, transparent monitoring, and paths for nations to aid developing nations in meeting their goals. President Obama joined the Paris Agreement via executive action in Sep. 2016 and the agreement went into effect on Nov. 4, 2016.
The Trump administration officially announced withdrawal from the agreement on Nov. 4, 2019 with an offical exit date of Nov. 4, 2020. Any future president could rejoin the agreement within a month's time.
Source: NRDC, "Paris Climate Agreement: Everything You Need to Know," nrdc.org, Dec. 12, 2018
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