Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris climate change deal?
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Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris climate change deal?

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During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, an accord signed by 194 nations to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But his advisers remain divided as to whether we all should withdraw. Critics say the plan is too costly and would harm U.S. economic growth. Environmentalists say withdrawal from the agreement will doom international efforts to halt climate change and endanger our very survival. What do you think? ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Supporters of the Paris Agreement say it's one of President Obama's biggest environmental achievements. It was the first real global agreement to fight climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and was painstakingly negotiated by nearly 200 countries. If the U.S. unilaterally withdraws, critics argue we are essentially forsaking the battle against climate changeโ€”in order to save fossil fuel jobs.

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But President Trump was elected on an "America first," nationalist platform. His supporters and many of his advisers are extremely leery of international agreements that do not prioritize American economic growth.ย Conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have been agitating for the president to keep his campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement:

"If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfill Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job," Heritage fellow Stephen Moore and research associate Timothy Doescher wrote in a recent op-ed.
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There's a lot of pressure on the president not to withdraw from the agreementโ€”even from within his own cabinet.

And with the growth of wind and solar industries, it's not just environmental groups pressuring the White Houseโ€“it's corporations who say the agreement is going to be good for the American economy.

But others continue to argue the Paris Agreement is a bad deal for the United States, and pulling out was one of Trump's signature campaign promises. They say he needs to put America first.

And of course, some Americans don't even believe the threat of climate change is real.

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