The U.S. on Friday officially re-entered the Paris Climate Agreement,
nearly one month after U.S. President Joe Biden took office and
immediately pledged to re-enter the deal.
“Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 and as
momentous as our rejoining is today what we do in the coming weeks,
months, and years is even more important,’’ Secretary of State Antony
Blinken said in a statement.
“Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be ‘add-ons’ in
our foreign policy discussions,’’ Blinken added.
The Paris agreement was negotiated during the Obama administration’s
final term in office, when Biden was vice president.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump took the U.S. out of the accords in
2017, arguing that it put too many limits on what U.S businesses could
The Paris agreement’s long time lag meant that the U.S. did not formally
exit the deal until November 2020.
The U.S. is the only country out of the 196 signatories to have left the
It is also the world’s largest contributor of carbon emissions.
Biden, however, is a vocal advocate for multilateral agreements and
diplomacy, and he has signalled that climate change is an issue he takes
He named former secretary of state John Kerry as his special envoy for
climate change, and gave him a role on the U.S. National Security
Re-entering the agreement was one of his first moves as president.