The Trump administration filed paperwork on Tuesday to officially withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, making it the only country on Earth not part of the agreement.
The Paris agreement calls on nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”
Complete withdrawal cannot take effect until one year after the paperwork is filed. Trump originally promised to leave the agreement in 2017, but could not do so until three years after the agreement was established.