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The United States officially ratified the Paris Climate Agreement on Friday / Today. Foreign Minister Anthony Blingen said in a statement. President Joe Biden signed on January 20 as one of his first steps as president to rejoin the United States after his predecessor Donald Trump stepped down in 2017.
“The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know it because we co-designed and revitalized it,” Blinken said in a statement. “The goal is simple: to avoid catastrophic global warming and to help all of us create a global recession to the impact of the climate crisis we already see today.”
“Climate change and scientific diplomacy should never be supplementary to our discussions on foreign policy,” says Blinken. “Addressing real threats and asking our scientists are at the heart of our domestic and foreign policy priorities.”
Trump pulled out of the climate deal in 2017 because it would hurt the U.S. economy and countries like China and India would not do enough for the climate.
In 2016, the United States was the only one of 196 countries to sign the climate agreement, and that too withdrew. It did not officially take place until November last year, during which time the United States reunited.
President Biden has made the fight against global warming one of his priorities. He appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Envoy for Climate, and Biden will host world leaders at a climate summit on April 22. The United States “will work with the United Kingdom and other countries to successfully transform the COP26 Climate Summit”.