The decision on June 1st by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the historic 2015 Paris Climate Accord has alienated the U.S. from the world community by refusing to accept the view that unified steps are needed by global governments to limit the rise of man made greenhouse gasses in the environment which climate scientists have roundly concluded is a contributor the rise in the earth’s temperature.
Several European countries such as France and Germany have plans to improve climate cooperation in other places around the world with counties such as China and India while U.S. President Trump vows to help the slumping U.S. coal industry.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, tweeted on June 2nd after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, “Today we step up climate cooperation with China. Big mistake of the US to leave Paris Agreement. But fight continues with or without the US.”
Today we step up climate cooperation with China. Big mistake of the US to leave #ParisAgreement. But fight continues with or without the US
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 2, 2017
The United States is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses per capita and the 2nd largest emitter behind China in terms of total CO2 emissions.
Fossil fuel use such as the burning of coal, natural gas, and oil for heating, industrial use, and transport are the primary sources of CO2 emissions.
NOAA (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration) reports that “a large body of evidence supports the conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of recent warming” and cited accumulated data over several decades and from hundreds of studies.
According to NASA, “the planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.”
NASA wrote on their website that 97 percent or more of actively published climate scientists agree that climate warming trends over the past century are “extremely likely” due to human activities.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama established an ambitious greenhouse reduction target under the Paris Accord that includes the United States reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below its 2005 level by 2025.
By announcing his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Accord, President Trump is placing the U.S., the largest CO2 contributor per capita in the world in the same corner with only 2 countries in the world: Syria and Nicaragua that have refused to sign on with the landmark 2017 Paris Agreement dealing with climate change.
The U.S. under the Trump administration is placing the business interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the common good of the environment and is following the same trend of weakening commitments to the protect the environment and lower carbon dioxide emissions concerning former U.S. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Both President Trump and EPA Director Scott Pruitt have quoted damaging economic projections from 2 conservative groups that have a track record of working to oppose environmental regulations and maintain economic calculations that fail to account for the positive financial benefits of supporting green technology across the U.S. economy.
During his June 1st speech announcing the withdrawal from the Paris Accord, President Trump cited research from National Research Associates showing compliance with the climate accord could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 while the cost to the economy would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs.
Wealth Re-Distribution To Developing Countries While Imposing Earlier Targets On U.S. Businesses
Under the Paris Accord, by 2020 there is a $100 billion annual target from 37 developed countries that would be transferred to developing countries toward mitigation measures and adaption action.
Republicans have been reluctant to transfer billions in U.S. capital to developing countries while also imposing Obama’s pledge for the U.S. to reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent below its 2005 level by 2025 which they view as hurting U.S. businesses.
During his June 1st speech, President Trump said, “the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.”
Under the Paris Accord’s voluntary commitments made through Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), China has agreed to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030, five years after Obama’s 2025 target for the U.S., although China’s emissions have already appeared to have peaked, according to climateactiontracker.org which states China’s “CO2 emissions would already have plateaued in 2015, and will decrease substantially up to 2030, reaching the NDC peaking target around ten years early.”
China is undertaking adoptive steps through a 5 year plan to establish limits with their national energy consumptions that includes a 2020 goal of reducing coal consumption to 58 percent, according to China’s national development and reform commission (NDRC) while increasing targets for non-fossil capacity installed by 2020.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday that aired today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that government regulation shouldn’t be used “to pick winners and losers” and claimed former U.S. President Obama “declared war on coal.”
Pruitt claimed there were several coal facilities across the country shut down because of their past efforts, although in reality former President Obama never directed any coal facilities to be closed and shut down.
EPA Administrator Pruitt criticized former President Obama for picking cleaner renewable energy sources over fossil fuels but the vast majority of the renewable energy gains over the past 2 terms of Obama’s presidency came from the private sector and private investment in a cleaner and less costly energy sources that drove those gains.
Cleaner energy sources such as natural gas, solar, and wind are less costly and don’t add as much greenhouse emissions compared with coal which has struggled to compete over the past several years.
That trend is unlikely to reverse, even with President Trump’s focus on the coal industry and fossil fuels which EPA Administrator Pruitt is picking over renewable energy.
President Trump has offered confusing and misleading statements about his actual views on global warming and whether its man made.
During his June 1st speech from the Rose Garden in the White House, President Trump claimed that he “deeply cares about the environment.”
However, during a November 6, 2012 tweet President Trump tweeted “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
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Here is my latest You Tube video about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Accord: