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Today, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from Paris Climate Accord. In his speech, President Trump said, “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord… but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or in really entirely new transaction with terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers, so we’re getting out but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair and if we can that’s great.” 

Here’s what you need to know about the Paris Climate Accord. 

Who signed it originally?

195 nations. The only two that originally did not sign it were Syria and Nicaragua.

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

The 195 nations made a pact to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

When/where was it signed?

December 12th, 2015 in Paris.

Why did President Trump leave it?

President Trump says that he has to do what is best for American citizens and that this decision was classic Washington entering an agreement that only helped other countries. President Trump also stated that it imposes financial burden on our country and long term, it would cause a loss in millions of jobs, including over 400,000 manufacturing jobs.  

How mad is the UN?

A word likeregrets is never positive which is what the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, said in a statement. They also stated that while they are “ready to engage in dialogue” about the significance of this decision it is a treaty signed by 194 other nations so “cannot be negotiated based on the request of a single party.” The secretariat is not a single person, but rather an estimated 500 employees from over 100 countries.

How do US corporations feel about this?

A letter to President Trump urging him to stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change was signed by Apple, Facebook, Google, Unilever, Microsoft, among others. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also attempted to reach out to the President and through others in WH advising him to stay in the agreement.

Victoria F
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