US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement

US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement

US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement

War-torn Syria would be the 197th country to sign on to the climate pact, which vows to hold global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). He claimed the accord places "onerous energy restrictions" and a "draconian financial and economic burden" on the U.S. The announcement faced enormous backlash across clean energy groups and even big names such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger, who both resigned from advisory roles under the Trump administration.

The United States is now alone in the world in its rejection of the Paris climate agreement.

Nuttall identified the Syrian delegate as Wadah Katmawi, the deputy minister of the ministry of local administration and environment. We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.

The UN is hosting the COP23 climate change conference this week in Bonn, Germany.

It's "extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", the report concludes.

"I find it ironic that the government of Syria, OK, would say that it wants to be involved, and that it cares so much about climate and things like Carbon dioxide gas", she told reporters.

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

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If emissions are reduced as spelled out in the agreement, scientists and policymakers say it will prevent a major increase in global temperatures that would raise sea levels, spark major droughts, and lead to more risky storms.

"We intend to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as we're eligible to do so", she said.

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

"With Syria on board, now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action - all save one country", said Paula Caballero, director for climate change at the World Resources Institute.

On June 2, former Secretary of State John Kerry of the Obama administration called the US withdraw from the Paris agreement "one of the most cynical and frankly ignorant and unsafe, self-destructive steps that I've seen in my entire lifetime in public life".

Signed in the French capital in December 2015, the treaty entered into force on November 4, 2016.

A statement from the State Department this summer saying that the USA had submitted its withdrawal request said the delegations would be sent to "ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration".

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