Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Defense Secretary James Mattis, both of whom supported the Paris climate accord, announced Tuesday they will withdraw from the accord.
Mattis, in a letter to the president, said the U.S. will not participate in the agreement and has decided to withdraw from a wide array of international agreements.
“In light of recent developments, we have decided to depart from the Paris Climate Agreement,” Mattis wrote in a message to Trump.
Mattis and Mattis also called on other countries to join the U-N and other international agreements to combat climate change.
“We will not accept the continuation of a status quo in which the United States continues to do nothing about climate change,” Mattis and his deputy, Joseph Dunford, wrote in the letter.
The decision comes amid growing concerns over the agreement, which President Donald Trump called a “disaster” and “an embarrassment” for the U.
“I was deeply disappointed by the decision to withdraw,” Mattis said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I hope that the incoming administration will honor the spirit of the agreement by acting in a responsible manner and implementing the commitments contained in the Paris Agreement.”
The decision follows months of internal debate and opposition to the Paris accord.
Some lawmakers and business leaders have warned that it could damage the economy and could lead to higher prices and layoffs.
The president’s former national security adviser, retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Flynn, was one of the top critics of the accord, saying the accord could be a “firewall” to block the U.-N from meeting its commitments.
“The Paris Climate agreement is a disaster.
It has created an unprecedented economic and security risk to the United State,” Flynn said in June.
He called the accord a “false pretense” and a “fraud.”
The U.N. said Tuesday that it would continue to work on a deal that would ensure that nations could meet their commitments and avoid climate change-related impacts.
“While the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the UN.
Framework Convention on Climate Change is a significant development, it does not change the fundamental nature of the Framework Convention and its commitments,” the U., N. and A.F.
Os. said in an official statement.
“It is imperative that the framework remains in place and that we continue to hold nations to their commitments.”