Call for Climate Solidarity in Face of Trump Threats

Call for Climate Solidarity in Face of Trump Threats

Key members of both groupings have already called on Trump to stay the climate course.

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement and called it a bad deal for America.

As of the end of the Obama administration, the full climate action plan had yet to be fully rolled out.

Mr. Trump originally promised a decision before the G-7 meeting, but the timetable was pushed back amid continued debate inside the White House.

Several officials close to Trump, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, have pushed for a USA withdrawal from the accord. China and India are both on track to "overachieve" their Paris Climate Agreement goals of de-carbonising their energy grids by 2030, according to the Climate Action Tracker study released Monday.

The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in 2016, with the signatories having agreed to work together to tackle climate change.

However, policy changes in China and India could soften that impact.

On Monday, Climate Action Tracker released a report saying that China and India are doing so much better than expected at slowing their rates of pollution that they will make up for additional U.S. pollution that's expected as a result of Trump's climate policy changes.

Stop me if you've heard this one: The U.S. shouldn't act to cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions because it would harm the economy while China and India are building coal plants and emitting whatever they want.

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For example, while the USA agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (82% of which is CO2) by 26%-28% below its 2005 level by 2025, China committed to stop increasing its Carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

The leaders of Germany and Canada, as well as France's new president Emmanuel Macron, are viewed as champions of the climate cause.

The optimism about India stems from its admission that it may not need the coal-fired power plants it had planned to meet the growing energy demand of the country after all, and its new policy of moving towards renewable sources. India pledged to boost its share of non-fossil fuel energy to at least 40% by 2030. He has remained committed to Vermont's renewable energy goals of attaining 90 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050. Almost 3 million Americans worked part- or full-time in energy efficiency, solar energy, wind energy and alternative vehicles, 14 times the number of people employed in fossil fuel jobs related to electricity production. And falling prices for solar and wind power make clean energies ever more attractive.

The architect of the Clean Power Plan, Janet McCabe, previously explained to Gizmodo that the goal was simply to codify the clean energy transition already changing the U.S. power sector - less reliance on coal, more reliance on natural gas and renewables.

India's energy plan released late last year has significantly reduced its projections for additional coal capacity in the years to 2027 by paring plans from about an additional 230 GW to 50 GW.

Now Sarmad's diplomatic skills may be called upon as the landmark Paris Agreement is at risk of being reneged by its most important party, the USA, which is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

This will be achieved by limiting emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. (This is against a baseline year of 2005.) According to the Obama Administration, the target would have been met through a combination of tougher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and new regulations aimed at reducing emissions from power plants.

The group firmly supports the idea, enshrined in the Paris agreement, that countries would do all in their power to keep temperatures from increasing more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Furthermore, the Commonwealth has already seen results from its efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions - as of 2014, emissions had decreased 21 percent from 1990 levels.