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Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

dateline: 07 June 2017

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • fulfill: to get something done; to do what one promises
  • accord: an official agreement
  • pact: a joint promise or agreement
  • pre-industrial: before the Industrial Revolution (1850–1900)
  • withdraw: to leave; to take oneself out
  • greenhouse emissions: gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect (resulting in global warming)
  • renewable: something that is not used up after a single use

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

US President Donald Trump has fulfilled one of his campaign by announcing his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. In 2015, nearly all of the nations in the world signed a pact to hold temperatures at or below 1.5–2ºC above pre-industrial levels. In his announcement, Trump said that the Paris Agreement has always been about other countries gaining financial over the US rather than preventing climate change. Many big US companies have said that they will continue to greenhouse emissions and shift to renewable energy sources despite Trump’s decision. The US cannot legally withdraw from the Agreement until four years after the pact was signed (2020).

Comprehension Questions

  1. What announcement did President Trump make?
  2. What reason did President Trump give for his decision?
  3. Why does the report mention 2020?

Discussion Questions: The only two nations that did not sign the Paris Agreement were Syria, which was involved in a major civil war, and Nicaragua, which thought the accord was too weak. Why is it so important for the US to be on board with the other nations of the world when it comes to climate change?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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One Comment on “Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement”

  1. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    When I heard about pulling out the USA from the Paris climate accord in the news I was surprised how can the USA leave the accord that it has signed easily?

    Now, I understand with your news report that the USA cannot pull out the accord until 2020.

    It is possible that the president will not elect in 2020 and the USA remain in the accord.

    Thank you for declaring this important subject that the USA must do the Paris climate accord until 2020 because I hadn’t seen anywhere on the Internet about this subject.

    Best wishes,
    Bijan_ The Persian Gulf

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