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Canada and the United States reignite the spark. Climate change has brought them back together
Canada and the United States are making up for the lost time, giving new impetus to their relationship thanks to a common interest: tackling global warming.
It seems a new love between Canada and the United States, between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama, has bloomed. This is thanks to their common interest in fighting global warming. On 10 March, Trudeau and his wife carried out an ice-breaking visit at the White House.
It was the first official visit of a Canadian Prime Minister in nearly 20 years. Together, Trudeau and Obama delivered a speech and talked of common values and interests, of an historic alliance between the two countries, and – most of all – of the main challenges to be faced. Top of the agenda is tackling global warming. Trudeau and Obama announced their will to make everything in their power to abide by the Paris Agreement, by cutting methane emission from the oil and gas sector, containing emissions from aviation, and securing a partnership to protect the Arctic and its dwellers.
Many news agencies, in particular AJ+, joked about the harmony that finally reunited the two countries and defined the relationship between Trudeau and Obama a “bromance”. What’s too bad is that such relationship already has a deadline: 1 January 2017, when a new president will take office at the White House.
“I’m especially pleased to say the United States and Canada are fully united in combating climate change. As the first U.S. President to visit the Arctic, I saw how both of our nations are threatened by rising seas, melting permafrost, disappearing glaciers and sea ice.”
Barack Obama, President of the United States
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