The Paris Agreement is an accord that was adopted by nearly every nation including the U.S., in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts. The pact between 197 countries focuses widely on reducing greenhouse gases emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to providing financial assistance to developing countries affected by a changing climate.
On June 1, 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation.
During Joe Biden’s presidential campaign his platform on climate change included the following: “From coastal towns to rural farms to urban centers, climate change poses an existential threat – not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. It also damages our communities with storms that wreak havoc on our towns and cities and our homes and schools. It puts our national security at risk by leading to regional instability that will require U.S military-supported relief activities and could make areas more vulnerable to terrorist activities.”
On January 20, 2021, the day of President Biden’s Inauguration, he signed an Executive Order to have the United States rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.