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January 20, 2018: the day US could leave the Paris agreement

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January 20, 2018: the day US could leave the Paris agreement

…So that apparently leaves Trump free to make the call as soon as he assumes power on January 20 next year and formally leave the agreement one year later.

Although such a move may be delayed by a court action, says Michael Burger executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

“Trump’s ability to simply withdraw from the UNFCCC altogether without Senate approval (which may or may not be forthcoming, depending on the politics and Ds appetite for filibustering) is an open constitutional question, and would likely be the subject of litigation. Technically a party may withdraw from the UNFCCC with one year’s notice,” he said.

On Wednesday evening the Moroccan head of the 2016 climate summit Salaheddine Mezouar said he hoped to work with the Trump administration on climate change, saying in a statement it “transcends politics”.

“We are convinced that all Parties will respect their commitments and stay the course in this collective effort,” he said.

Last year Trump’s pick to either lead or play a key role in dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told Climate Home he hoped the next president would “not rip up” the Paris Agreement.

“I hope he or she will submit it to the US senate for its advice and consent,” he said….

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