US participation in Paris climate deal expires at midnight

Regardless of how Election Day turns out for President Trump and Joe Biden, the US will no longer be a part of the Paris climate deal as of midnight, according to a report.

Trump withdrew the US from the global accord on July 1, 2017, but the rules of the deal stipulated that any country wanting to pull out would have to wait three years from Nov. 4, 2016 – the day it became international law, Politico reported Monday.

The US officially filed its separation documents last Nov. 4, and the one-year cooling off period expires at midnight.

The State Department will not take an active part in United Nations’ meetings on the climate deal, but it will remain an observer.

The Paris Climate Accord, signed by 197 countries, created a goal to halt warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and try to maintain it at 1.5 degrees by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Biden said, if elected, he would reenter the agreement.

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