US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement

Marie Harrington
November 9, 2017

On Nov. 7, Syria announced during the COP 23 United Nations climate summit in Germany that it would sign onto the Paris agreement, joining almost 200 countries committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Independent reports.

However, in an announcement made in June, President Donald Trump said he planned to withdraw the USA from the agreement. At the conference, Syria said it would sign on to the Paris climate accord.

The Trump administration will not be able to formally extricate the US from the climate agreement until 2020.

Calling it "Draconian" and "onerous", Trump in June said "the Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production".

The brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

David Waskow, of the World Resources Institute think-tank, noted that Trump's climate views had previously isolated him in the Group of Seven and the Group of 20.

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"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters", Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said, according to Reuters.

"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", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune told EcoWatch, in response to Syria's move.

"That leaves only the one who announced their withdrawal", he added, in an oblique reference to the United States. He was spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

The U.S. may be No. 1, but that's also the loneliest number.

The United States ratified the 2015 pact but US President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that he would pull out, saying the pact did not serve US interests.

The same day, Macron said "wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again" and called on USA -based scientists to come to France to work on climate-related issues, in an unprecedented English-language speech from the French presidential palace.

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