Is Trump Alone On Climate Change Policy?
President-elect Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. Throughout his campaign he’s managed to alienate a vast number of people purely through rhetoric. Months away from the start of his presidency, it remains to be seen if his campaign promises will be kept over the next four years.
But perhaps the most controversial statements from the campaign involved climate change. Countries across the globe have been united by the Paris Treaty to pursue a world where renewable energy may be the only viable and cost-effective option. Yet, as developing and developed market players roll out the solar farms and hook them up with a network of photovoltaic cable, Trump stands alone in opposition.
He famously tweeted that global warming and climate change was nothing more than a hoax, perpetrated by China. As silly as it sounds, China recently issued a statement dispelling this claim.
Discussion in Marrakech, Morocco that involved envoys from more than 190 countries were wrapped up just this week. As expected, they agreed on multilateral efforts to clean up the energy supply and limit the effects of climate change.
Most experts argue that Trump’s opposition to such change is meaningless. He may be the only world leader denying the effects of manmade climate change, but the push to renewables is now fueled by economics rather than pure science. The cost of wind and solar energy have been dropping consistently for the past few years. This has tipped the scales in favor of solar roofs and off-shore wind farms. Polluting fuels are more unattractive now than ever before.
This means that Trump will struggle to get support for dismantling the 13-page Paris Agreement. This means that the U.S. might be the only one to back out from the historic deal. So far, not a single country has claimed it will leave alongside the US.
Even Saudi Arabia has plans to implement the terms of the Paris agreement. Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, said his nation wanted to create a “dynamic economy” that was less dependant on oil revenue and more equipped to challenge climate change.
For years, China was the primary obstacle to a universal deal. But recently the government has switched its tact and the powerful emerging country is now the main advocate for such action. Delegates from China publicly spoke against Trump in recent talks. They compared Trump’s claims to those made by President George W. Bush during the Kyoto climate accords in the early-2000’s. The delegates believe the US administration may once again be relegated to the sidelines as the world unites to fight a global catastrophe.
Businesses, scientists, and economists from across America have pleaded with the government to remain part of the deal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remains hopeful. He believes Trump may change his views once he realizes the consequences of reversing such an important deal.
Only time will tell if Kerry’s predictions come to pass.
Author: Jimmy Simond