World leaders, cities, businesses and communities have vowed to press ahead with the Paris climate deal after President Trump announces the US’s withdrawal from the landmark agreement
Global leaders, business chiefs, cities and grassroots organisations alike have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement after President Trump announces the US will pull out of the accord.
Frederik Dahlmann, assistant professor of global energy at the UK-based Warwick Business School, told Positive News that the president’s decision ignores the very significant shifts occurring in the global energy system.
“At a time when costs in the renewable energy sector are falling significantly and clean tech employment is reaching record levels, combined with other key economies’ desire – notably the EU and China – to accelerate rather than to stop these trends, politically the US will find itself in growing isolation, and face accusations of scientific ignorance and moral irresponsibility.”
Dahlmann, who researches the transition to a low-carbon economy, said Trump’s decision would go down in history as “significantly anachronistic and self-harming”.
US businesses, communities, cities and states are miles ahead on climate change
US businesses, communities, cities and states are “miles ahead in their assessment and responses to the threats posed by climate change”, said Dahlmann.
Trump’s statement comes just days after shareholders of the world’s largest public oil company, ExxonMobil, voted in favour of the fossil fuel giant analysing and disclosing the risks it faces due to climate change.
“Other companies are increasingly integrating proactive responses to climate change in their strategies,” said Dahlmann.“They are setting ambitious science-based carbon reduction targets and aiming to source their electricity almost exclusively from renewable sources.
“Put simply, the commercial and economic opportunities are already changing America’s competitive landscape such that [the withdrawal] will be largely seen as an unwelcome irritation, rather than…
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