Trump administration withdraws U.S. from Paris climate agreement

(KTVF) - Today the Trump administration announced they will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The United States now stands with Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations in the world which will not participate in the Accord.

While the President claims he is doing this to put "America First," there are Alaskans countering that the only thing he is putting first is the special interest groups of the oil and gas industry.

"The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord."

The Paris Climate Accord is a voluntary agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change aimed at dealing with Greenhouse gases. The backbone of the agreement is a global target of keeping temperatures from rising 2 degrees, and asking richer countries to help out poorer countries due to rich countries burning huge amounts of fossil fuels and the poorer counties bearing the worst impacts of climate change like droughts and flooding.

In the president's speech he denounced the agreement, stating he wants to put "America First," citing it was a job killer and economically bad for the U.S.

But many ask, "Which America?" Several members of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition say that many Alaska Native villages are already being displaced and food sources dwindling due to climate change.

"I think it highlights that the Trump administration does not think about the Arctic nations that are already facing two degrees of warming as Americans that need help," said Jessica Girard.

"We are seeing more and more deaths of people falling through the ice during times when they are not used to the ice being thin," said Enei Begaye. "We are seeing animals migrating in different patterns that have never been seen before. We are seeing rivers overflowing and taking out whole communities. These are not coincidental weather shifts; these have been clearly attributed to climate change."

President Trump says he wants to possibly start making another climate deal, but many Alaskans fear that his plan might come too late.

"So we are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair, and if we can that's great and if we can't that's fine," the president said.

"We as Alaskans we should be looking at our sister communities there on the coast and recognizing that even us on the interior, if we don't do something now, we are all going to be climate refugees,' said Begaye.