Syria Plans to Join Paris Climate Agreement, Isolating US
Syria Plans to Join Paris Climate Agreement, Isolating US
Prime minister Narendra Modi of India and president Xi Jinping of China
09 November, 2017, 01:23
It's because Trump hasn't signed on to the Paris Accord, and won't.
It is not clear what has changed, and the Syrian delegate who spoke Tuesday did not offer an explanation for the government's decision. This will leave USA alone if they decide to pull out.
Calling it "Draconian" and "onerous", Trump in June said "the Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production". 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 COP23climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. But comments on social media were directed more at the United States and Donald Trump.
According to The Independent, a unanimous effort to address the issue concerning global greenhouse gas emissions and to minimise global warming saw approximately 200 countries signing the Paris accord in December 2015.
This makes the United States the only country on the planet not a part of the climate deal.
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Openly isolated on the climate issue at G-7 and G-20 meetings earlier this year, the United States said it meant to withdraw "unless the president can identify terms that are more favourable to American businesses, workers, and taxpayers".
If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the US withdrawal would take effect in November 2020, on the day after the presidential election.
On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990.
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.
The fact that the second-worst emitter of carbon dioxide in the world (behind only China) is the only one against the agreement clearly reflects poorly on the U.S.as a nation.
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