US Becomes Only Nation Not Part Of Paris Agreement

Jerome Frank
November 9, 2017

Canada's environment minister has apologised after a tweet from her account praised Syria for signing the Paris Agreement on climate change.

"We are going to join the Paris Agreement", the Syrian delegate, speaking in Arabic, said during a plenary session at the 196-nation talks, according to Safa Al Jayoussi of the IndyAct NGO, who was monitoring the session.

"As the president previously stated, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms they are more favourable for our country", the statement read.

Following news of Syria's move to sign the Paris accord, New York Times underlined that a representative from the White House has stressed that the United States remain firm with their decision to not be a part of the accord.

"As if it wasn't already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and risky position", an environmental NGO, the Sierra Club, relayed in a statement - criticising the United State's position.

Meyer said businesses, mayors, cities and other groups were also stepping up actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions that scientists link to more droughts, heat waves, floods and rising sea levels.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert fiercely dismissed suggestions that this means that Trump's "America First" policy has in practice meant "America Alone".

The war itself has caused an global refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries.

On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990. The other big feature on McKenna's personal Twitter account is never-ending happy stories about renewable energy and government programs to address climate change, so much so that you would never know the government she represents claims the world faces an imminent, existential threat from global warming in which hundreds of millions of people will soon die.

If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the USA withdrawal would take effect in November 2020, on the day after the presidential election.

Signed in the French capital in December 2015, the treaty entered into force on November 4, 2016. However, due to the terms of the agreement, the USA can not fully withdraw until 2020.

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