USA stands alone as Syria plans to join Paris climate accord
Nov 09 2017
Reports from the UN climate conference, COP23, now being held in Bonn, Germany, Syria announced that it will be committing to the Paris Climate Agreement, a move which will leave the United States as the only country to remain unsigned.
Nor that Canada won't meet its 2020 or 2030 United Nations greenhouse gas reduction targets unless it buys billions of dollars worth of useless carbon offsets on fraud-ridden global carbon markets.
President Donald Trump, who has expressed doubts that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the prime cause of global warming, announced in June that he meant to pull out and instead promote USA coal and oil industries.
While the Obama administration initially signed on to the agreement in December 2015, President Trump voiced plans to leave it this June, claiming that switching over to clean energy will hurt the US economy. The US is the second to worst producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after China. After hearing about Syria's decision, Sen.
"Hey @ec_minister - this.is actually what your gov't should be saying about Syria", a tweet from Raitt's account said, linking to a U.S. State Department tweet about chemical-weapons use in Syria.
When the pact took effect in 2016, environmental groups and political leaders heralded it as a critical step in trying to reverse man-made ravages on the global environment.
A Syrian delegate announced the decision - just a month after Nicaragua signed the deal - during United Nations climate talks.
In June the U.S. said it would withdraw, but the rules of the agreement state that this can not be done until 2020.
The only other previous holdout, Nicaragua, announced in September that it would join the pact.
"As if it wasn't already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and unsafe position", an environmental NGO, the Sierra Club, relayed in a statement - criticising the United State's position.
Syria is also joining, and announced its move Tuesday at climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Der Spiegel reported.
The U.S. did not set up a pavilion at this year's meeting - the only developed country not to do so, according to Deutsche Welle, a German news agency.
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"This is part of a long-term warming trend", said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. The assessment, compiled from the research of several federal agencies, concluded that climate change was real and that human activity was nearly intensifying its impact, The Washington Post reports.