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Trump to Exit Paris Pact Having Already Forfeited Climate Fight

Nov. 4, 2019, 4:52 PM

President Donald Trump is poised to formally begin the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord on Monday, a move announced in 2017 that will take another year to complete.

But he’s already retreated from the fight against global warming by systemically undoing emissions-cutting policies—an issue Democrats aim to use against him in the 2020 election.

“With or without the paperwork the administration is doing to withdraw from Paris, they have effectively withdrawn from any kind of commitment already,” said Joe Goffman, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Law Program at Harvard Law School....

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