Should the U.S. reenter 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. Recently President Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Accord, making the U.S. the only country in the world to leave the agreement unratified. The president said he would be open to re-joining if the U.S. could negotiate better terms.

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