COMMENT

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a callous dismissal of the plight of the world in short-sighted favour of US fossil fuel interests – and he's unrepentant about that.

But America has always been self-serving and reluctant when it comes to multinational deals. Ever since the American revolution, successive administrations have preferred an isolationist stance above giving any form of power away to others; trade is the only sector in which the US is a willing party to global deals, and even then it tries to hold the whip-hand.

So while

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