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Syria Plans to Join Paris Climate Agreement, Isolating US

09 November 2017, 12:56 | Rufus Hill

Syria to join Paris climate deal, leaving the US as the only country opposing the pact

Shutterstock image of the United States surrounded by barbed wire representing isolationism and border control

It's because Trump hasn't signed on to the Paris Accord, and won't. We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.

On Nov. 7, Syria announced during the COP 23 United Nations climate summit in Germany that it would sign onto the Paris agreement, joining almost 200 countries committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Independent reports.

"Syria's announcement that it will join the Paris agreement leaves President Trump in not-so-splendid isolation as a result of his irresponsible and ignorant decision to withdraw the United States from the most comprehensive effort ever to confront the mounting climate crisis", said Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The war itself has caused an global refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.

Trump has said he will pull out of the Paris agreement unless Washington can secure more favourable terms for American businesses and taxpayers. "Is he accusing them of somehow buying into a hoax?"

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.

On Oct. 23, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris accord, despite its previous reservations.

Syria is also joining, and announced its move Tuesday at climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Der Spiegel reported. "Syria has not been invited", the ministry said in a terse statement.

"The December 12 summit aims to bring together key players in the world of climate and finance". The other big feature on McKenna's personal Twitter account is never-ending happy stories about renewable energy and government programs to address climate change, so much so that you would never know the government she represents claims the world faces an imminent, existential threat from global warming in which hundreds of millions of people will soon die. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence".



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