- Joe Biden said he would rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day as president if he is elected.
- “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it,” Biden tweeted.
- The US formally withdrew from the landmark climate agreement on Wednesday, after Trump announced his intention to pull out in 2017.
- Biden is closing in on a win in the US presidential election, but key states had yet to announce results as of Thursday morning.
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Joe Biden pledged to rejoin the Paris climate accord, the landmark climate-change agreement from which President Donald Trump formally withdrew the US, on his first day as president should he win the election.
Biden has edged toward securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, but results from key states including Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Arizona had not been announced as of Thursday morning.
And in a further sign of confidence, Biden on Wednesday evening tweeted: “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.”
Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
The Paris accord is a commitment made in 2015 by some of the largest economies to keeping a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by the end of the century.
Trump, who has consistently questioned the validity of the scientific consensus on climate change, said in the presidential debate last month that he would not help the climate at the cost of US business.
Biden, meanwhile, made tackling climate change an important part of his presidential campaign, outlining a $US1.7 trillion plan to invest in clean-energy infrastructure over 10 years.
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