Biden vows to rejoin Paris climate agreement on first day of presidency

US elections 2020: Biden reveals Trump’s decision he will reverse in 77 days

Making sure that every vote is counted is critical, since most of the remaining uncounted votes across the country come from cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh and Atlanta, which, in the face of relentless and irresponsible hostility from the Trump administration, pushed forward and kept the US moving towards its Paris goal of a completely clean-energy economy by mid-century.

The former vice president tweeted the news on the same day that the United States officially withdrew from the landmark climate change agreement.

With election results pointing to a likely defeat for Donald Trump in Tuesday's election, Biden took on the tone of a president-elect and made clear that climate was a top priority.

The United States is the world's second biggest producer of heat-trapping gases, after China.

During his presidency, Trump has questioned climate science on multiple occasions, championed the fossil fuel industry, and weakened environmental protections.

While the Trump administration has shunned federal measures to cut emissions, states, cities and businesses in the United States have pressed ahead with their own efforts.

His Democratic rival Joe Biden, in contrast, has vowed to immediately rejoin the Paris agreement if he wins the presidential election.

The US will still be "outside the conversation" when Britain and the United Nations host a climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of Paris, but poised to re-engage.

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Trump gave a one-year notice to leave the Paris accord on November 4, 2019.

Biden has called climate change and global warming "an existential threat to humanity" and that the U.S. has a "moral obligation to deal with it".

"This election could be a make or break point for global climate policy".

The accord is a collective agreement among almost 200 countries that aims to prevent the earth's temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial revolution temperatures, the value that climate scientists have determined will have disastrous consequences if exceeded. "Every tenth of a degree counts".

Given the decision by a solid popular-vote verdict of American voters - and apparently also the needed majority in the Electoral College - to choose a change in direction on energy policy and other issues by entrusting the helm of the ship of state to Joe Biden, that retreat will constitute one of the most ephemeral episodes in foreign policy history.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Wednesday highlighted recent commitments by South Korea and Japan as signs of progress.

The Paris Agreement came into force on November 3, 2016.

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