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Your Country Is Flooding? Tough Luck

Tuvalu $36m will fund protection of the coastline after a 2015 cyclone displaced half the population

Christopher Flavelle

• Trump’s disdain for climate aid is an American tradition

• No “recognition that we actually depend on other countries”

Twenty years ago, Senate members gathered to vote on Resolution 98, colloquially known as Byrd-Hagel. Its 700-odd words could be distilled into two ideas: The U.S. shouldn’t sign any international climate agreement likely to harm its economy, and developing countries should receive no special treatment. Ninety-five senators voted in favor, none against.

Byrd-Hagel is remembered mainly for keeping the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol, which President

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