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Should the U.S. leave the Paris Climate Accord?

For the first time in history, every country voted on the U.N. Climate Accord, a contract to lower greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. In 2019, President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord, making the U.S. the only country in the world to leave the agreement unratified. But on his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Accord, and the U.S. formally rejoined in February 2021. Critics say the agreement puts the U.S. economy at a disadvantage, while proponents cite the need to address carbon emissions and slow climate change. Should the U.S. leave the Paris Climate Accord?


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Should the U.S. leave the Paris Climate Accord?

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