By Brady Dennis
7 November 2017

(The Washington Post) – President Trump has put America at odds with the rest of the world when it comes to the goal of combating climate change.

At an international climate conference in Bonn on Tuesday, Syria announced its plans to join the Paris climate accord — an agreement forged in 2015 for nations to band together to slash global carbon emissions. That now leaves the United States as the only country to disavow the deal, after Trump this year announced intentions to withdraw from the agreement.

According to news reports and people who were present Tuesday, the Syrian delegation to the talks announced the war-torn country’s intention to ratify the Paris agreement. Separately, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency, lawmakers in Damascus last month “approved a draft law on ratifying Syria’s accession to the Paris Climate Agreement.”

The move comes after the only other holdout, Nicaragua, announced plans to join the Paris agreement in September. Nicaragua initially had refused to join the agreement in 2015 because its leaders felt the accord did not go far enough in compelling nations to reduce their carbon emissions. But in joining the deal this fall, the country’s president noted that it is the “only instrument we have” to unite the world around the goal of staving off the most catastrophic effects of global warming.

Syria’s decision to join the accord brought another round of rebukes for the Trump administration.

“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’s has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and dangerous position,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement. […]

Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, 2 June 2017. Photo: AFP

Trump, who has labeled climate change a “hoax” and appointed climate change skeptics to top administration posts, argued the Paris agreement and Obama-era regulations to curb emissions were crippling businesses and killing jobs. [more]

As Syria embraces Paris climate deal, it’s the United States against the world

1 comments :

  1. Anonymous said...

    The man is a train wreck, and deserves to be removed from office, asap. His incessant denial of climate change is only a part of the disaster he has unleashed upon this country (and the world). He's also appointed rich businessmen to his Cabinet and other cherished positions, who are actively conspiring to rip out the heart of America and plunder the nation's resources as fast as possible.

    But the amazing thing is, we are all expected to sit back and just watch it happen, because he was duly elected. It doesn't make any sense. That's like letting a murderer kill your family, butcher your dog and take a dump in your garden. It's "ok" because he just happens to be the Police Chief.

    Bullshit.  

 

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