Joe Biden says he will rejoin the Paris climate agreement on the first day of his presidency if he wins the election

  • Joe Biden says he would rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on the first day of his presidency 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, with 4 states yet to announce results.
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Joe Biden has pledged that he will rejoin the Paris climate accord, the landmark climate change agreement from which Trump formally withdrew the US, on the first day of his presidency should he win the election.

Biden is edging towards securing the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency, with results from key states including Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Arizona still needing to be declared. 

The Democratic candidate's campaign team says it is confident of victory. It has already launched a transition page, 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."

 

The Paris accord is a commitment made in 2015 by some of the world's largest economies Trump to try and keep the global temperature from rising less than two degrees by the end of the century.

President Trump originally announced his plan to withdraw from the Paris accord in 2017, claiming that the agreement "disadvantages the United States" and could cost nearly 3 million jobs by 2025.

President Trump has consistently questioned the validity of the scientific consensus around manmade climate change, and said in last month's presidential debate that he would not help the climate at the cost of US business, according to a Reuters report.

Biden, meanwhile, made tackling climate change an important part of his presidential campaign, B" according to a CNBC report, and outlining a $1.7 trillion plan to invest in clean energy infrastructure over ten years.

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