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If you were worried that President-elect Joe Biden wasn’t going to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, you can relax, he is expected to do so on his very first day in office. 

“I’ll immediately start working with my counterparts around the world to do all that we possibly can, including by convening the leaders of major economies for a climate summit within my first 100 days in office,” Joe Biden said in a statement. “We’ll elevate the incredible work cities, states and businesses have been doing to help reduce emissions and build a cleaner future. We’ll listen to and engage closely with the activists, including young people, who have continued to sound the alarm and demand change from those in power.”

Biden also reiterated his plan to achieve zero net emissions by 2050.

“We’ll do all of this knowing that we have before us an enormous economic opportunity to create jobs and prosperity at home and export clean American-made products around the world.”

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President Donald Trump notified the United Nations of the United States’ intention to withdraw from the agreement in 2017 once it was able to do so. Under the rules of the agreement, a country could not officially withdraw from the agreement until it was 3 years old and had given 1-year notice. The United States officially gave its notice of withdrawal on November 4th, 2019. The withdrawal was then made official 1-year later on November 4th, 2020.

“As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens,” President Trump announced in 2017.  “The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.”

UN Secretary-General Responds To Joe Biden’s Statement

António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, responded to Joe Biden’s statement and the United States’ intention to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

“It is a very important signal. We look forward to a very active US leadership in climate action from now on as US leadership is absolutely essential. The US is the largest economy in the world, it’s absolutely essential for our goals to be reached.”

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