Bucking the findings and beliefs of the vast majority of the international scientific community, President Donald Trump has unilaterally withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate change agreement reached in 2015.The move reverses the pledge made by then-President Barack Obama to limit carbon emissions and other environmental impacts, as part of the 192-nation coalition to keep global temperature rise to two degrees celsius for the remainder of the 21st century. Trump claimed “negotiations” to get back into a deal would take place in the future.“We’re getting out… we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair,” Trump said, after lengthy comments about terrorism and the economy. “We’re following through on our commitments, and I don’t want anything to get in our way.”The United States thus joins Nicaragua and Syria as the group of nations to opt out of the international accord. (Syria is in midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua kept out of protest that the terms did not go far enough).Trump said the deal and its costs were unfair to the U.S., variously referring to it as “draconian” and “onerous.”Many within the Trump Administration, including his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump and Secretary of State Tex… Read full this story
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