The US Is Officially The Only Country Against The Paris Climate Agreement

Kristopher Drake
November 9, 2017

"I would like to affirm the Syrian Arab Republic's commitment to the Paris climate change accord", deputy Environment Minister Wadah Katmawi told a meeting of nearly 200 nations at November 6-17 climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

In June, Trump said that the US would pull out of the 2015 Paris accord unless he can secure a better deal.

"Syria's decision shows the breadth of support for the Paris agreement", Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Reuters. And while Syria was not present for the initial climate negotiations, the country's Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Environment, M. Wadah Katmawi, said that it too will now ratify the accord, during a meeting at the start of the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

The Paris agreement aims to combat global warming by gradually reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which come from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans a summit to push his "Make our Planet Great Again" agenda on December 12, the anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate accord. We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.

The summit aims at promoting green projects and providing new funding sources, a few weeks after separate talks that are now being held at a global climate conference in Bonn, Germany. That part of the ongoing, six-year Syrian civil war in which 470,000 have died, with 13.5 million of the country's 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including six million Syrians displaced internally and five million refugees - 33,266 accepted by Canada in 2016 alone. Many delegates said they hoped Trump would reconsider.

"We intend to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as we're eligible to do so", she said. Paula Caballero, global director of the climate program at the World Resources Institute, tells The Guardian.

Additionally, French authorities said President Donald Trump is not among more than 100 world leaders invited to Paris for a climate summit next month.

The Sierra Club points out that no country can formally submit its intent to withdraw until three years after the date of entry into force.

A statement from the State Department this summer saying that the US 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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