The US Is Now Literally the Only Country Not In Paris Agreement

And then there was one: the United States is now officially the only country in the world to not be part of the Paris Agreement.

At the point when Donald Trump declared that the United States would pull out of the climate change compact, just two other countries were not signed on: Nicaragua and Syria.

Nicaragua originally refused to sign not because it was opposed to taking action on climate change, but because it didn’t think the agreement held the richest and most polluting countries accountable enough for the damage they do to developing nations. However, a couple of weeks ago, Vice President Rosario Murillo dropped Nicaragua’s protest and joined, calling the Paris agreement “the only instrument we have in the world.”

A climate agreement was probably not at the top of Syria’s to-do list given that the people of the country are essentially in a longstanding war with the government, with about half a million people killed in the conflict in recent years. Nevertheless, this week, Syria also added its name to the Paris deal, leaving the United States alone in its nonparticipation.

It’s rare to have every country in the world (save one) agree on anything, so what does it say that the U.S. leaders refuse to participate? What does it say that even the Syrian government – which has allegedly engaged in genocide against its people – says, “For the good of the world, we really need to do something about climate change”?

The United States looks exceptionally silly right now, clinging to climate change denial when every other country acknowledges the threat to the planet. Pulling out of the agreement was a pointlessly temperamental move by the White House, particularly since the benchmarks aren’t too ambitious and the U.S. would maintain the ability to amend its own goals anyway.

It’s not like the president has the support of the American people for backing out of the pact. Polling shows that 70 percent of U.S. citizens want their country to remain in the Paris Agreement. Given the low stakes and the unpopularity, it seems like the main motivation for Trump’s decision is part of his larger objective to undo anything Barack Obama touched.

The conservative media has tried to pin the blame squarely on Obama for entering the Paris Agreement without the consent of Congress in the first place. Maybe we ought to ask ourselves what kind of Congress we have if it wouldn’t have signed on to a compromise that every other government on the planet felt was fair and necessary.

Make no mistake, the United States will be left out of some important global deals for refusing to play ball when it comes to climate change. The French government has announced that Trump is not invited to participate in the next climate summit scheduled for December.

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69 comments

Marie W
Marie W1 months ago

Thank you

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Elaine W
Elaine W5 months ago

Whose idea was this stupid decision. I am embarrassed.

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Paulo R
Paulo R5 months ago

ty

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Paulo R
Paulo R5 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R5 months ago

ty

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 months ago

Noted.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H5 months ago

And we have Rump to thank for it.

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