National & Civic Issues

Trump Removes United States from Paris Climate Deal

Abstract:

President Trump made an announcement that he is planning to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement. People are divided in response; people who voted for Trump are happy, but many businesses and environmentalists are disappointed by the decision.

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Washington Post, adapted by NewsELA

Published:

6/16/2017

Youth on Every Continent United in Strikes to Demand Climate Action

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On Friday, September 20, 2019, students from more than 150 countries skipped school to participate in global climate protests. Will these protests compel elected leaders to make the difficult choices necessary to halt global warming?

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Washington Post, adapted by NewsELA

Published:

9/22/2019

U.S. Formally Begins to Leave the Paris Climate Agreement

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The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate agreement in one year (after a waiting period). The purpose of the agreement was to set goals about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the United States is the only country that has withdrawn from the pact.

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NPR

Author:

Rebecca Hersher

Published:

November 4, 2019

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

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President Trump formally announced his plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord and renegotiate a climate deal. He states that the Paris Climate Accord puts the United States and its workers at a disadvantage.

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Whitehouse Briefing

Author:

President Trump

Published:

6/1/2017

The Consequences of Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

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President Trump is against the Paris Agreement on climate reached by President Obama’s administration because he argues that cutting back on carbon emissions would kill jobs and hurt the U.S. economy. The United States is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses. Many countries argue that the U.S. leaving the agreement will weaken the resolve of other countries to make their own tough cuts.

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Council on Foreign Relations

Author:

James McBride

Published:

6/1/2017

Leaving the Paris Agreement Would Be Indefensible

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The Paris Agreement is successful, and the United States’ leadership has been important every step of the way. Leaving the agreement would cause diplomatic damage and hurt the relationship between the United States and key allies.

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The Atlantic

Author:

Todd Stern

Published:

5/31/2017

Podcast: The U.S. Wants Out of the Paris Agreement

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The Trump administration has formally told the U.N. that the United States is leaving the Paris Climate Agreement; it is the only country to leave the agreement. The global community is not on track to meet climate goals, and part of the problem is that the United States has been rolling back environmental protections for years.

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Short Wave

Author:

Maddie

Published:

11/5/2019

Video: What Leaving the Paris Accord Could Mean for U.S. and the World

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The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement between nearly 200 countries to reduce global warming. Many scientists agree that increased global temperatures could have huge impacts, including global sea level rise and droughts and bigger storms. President Trump argues that the United States should withdraw from the agreement for economic reasons.

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PBS NewsHour

Published:

5/31/2017