The Paris Climate Accord’s ultimate victory may not be global carbon emissions anymore

Can you just never leave?

Tourism from the United States soared in the wake of President Trump’s widely-condemned decision to withdraw from the global climate accord.

And while there have been cancellations of airline and hotel bookings, travel rewards providers say the amount of free miles flying back and forth between the United States and Mexico and Canada has gone up.

Some countries are attracting more visitors than ever before thanks to increased communication and cooperation with the United States, according to SmartPlanet.

This is the kind of news that seemed to trickle out slowly after the decision to pull out of the international accord was announced by President Trump in June 2017.

Global public approval of the deal dropped to its lowest point, which came a year after the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Since that time, world leaders have met to kickstart discussions on its future. These talks finally ended last week, with nations from across the globe finalizing a draft agreement that would set non-binding emissions reduction goals.

Last week, the EU released a report detailing its biggest single source of CO2 emissions. The more than 3,000 greenhouse gases that spew out of the bloc’s industrial companies is “slightly below its Paris pledges,” Bloomberg reported.

According to The Guardian, emissions from the largest EU Union nations only decreased by a fraction of a percent in 2017. That same year, the bloc shipped more than 5 million tons of CO2 emissions to New York and Washington, D.C.

And these are just the polluting ones, not those from home. More than 200 countries are known to send carbon emissions in to the atmosphere to power their businesses.

Like most all the world’s major economies, the United States is no stranger to aggressive carbon emission reductions.

To be sure, there are plenty of ways to cut pollution, and it’s true that the U.S. relies on old-fashioned techniques like burning coal and natural gas. But no matter how you view the entire issue, Paris remains a major step forward for global efforts to fight climate change.

Thanks to the boost in tourism between the United States and countries like India, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, and Australia, it’s fair to say that not much will change in terms of global carbon emissions.

But if the winds are ever blowing in the opposite direction, we’ll know it.

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