Yesterday was the first day that the Trump administration could give their one-year notice, and they wasted no time. So the US can now leave the agreement on November 4, 2020 — a day after the US presidential elections.
As Electrek previously reported:
The Paris agreement includes 195 countries that signed up in order to combat climate change. The US had committed to cutting CO2 emissions up to 28% by 2025 based on 2005 levels. The Trump administration apparently made no effort in renegotiating those terms.
Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, tweeted Pompeo’s formal announcement:
Stephen Smith, executive director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said of the US’s withdrawal:
We are disappointed that President Trump is abdicating US leadership on climate policy by withdrawing from the Paris Accord. This not only will negatively affect present and future generations with climate impacts, but it is also a bad move economically, as it decreases the pressure for US companies to provide leadership on clean technologies like electric vehicles, renewable energy, and energy optimization.
We look forward to the day when the US will rejoin other nations and provide leadership on this important policy.
11,000 scientists declare a climate crisis
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have endorsed a letter, published on BioScience today, declaring a climate crisis. Today is the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, which was held in Geneva in 1979.
They suggest “six critical and interrelated steps (in no particular order) that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change.”
One of those steps is addressing Energy, which states:
The world must quickly implement massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and must replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables… and other cleaner sources of energy if safe for people and the environment. We should leave remaining stocks of fossil fuels in the ground… and should carefully pursue effective negative emissions using technology such as carbon extraction from the source and capture from the air and especially by enhancing natural systems. Wealthier countries need to support poorer nations in transitioning away from fossil fuels. We must swiftly eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels and use effective and fair policies for steadily escalating carbon prices to restrain their use.
Thousands of scientists are pleading with the world to switch to green energy. How much clearer could it be?
More solar on Europe’s rooftops would boost green energy production
The European Commission Joint Research Centre and the European Institute of Innovation & Technology have jointly published a paper that asserts that EU rooftop solar panels could produce the equivalent of nearly 25% of Europe’s current electricity consumption.
The paper, “A high-Resolution Geospatial Assessment of the Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Potential in the European Union,” was published on Science Direct.
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