US rolls back progress made on climate change policy | WWF

US rolls back progress made on climate change policy

Posted on 28 March 2017    
Increased climate impacts - like flooding - affects millions of people every year.
© Lieut. Cmdr Mark Moran, NOAA Corps, NMAO - AOC
GLAND, Switzerland (28 March, 2017) –The US government today announced a decision to roll back components of the existing strategy for meeting its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.
 
This action by the Trump Administration includes steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a key component of the US’ plan to deliver on its greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments.
 
In response, WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice Leader, Manuel-Pulgar Vidal, said: “Hampering the US’ ability to deliver on its international climate commitments will impact the world’s climate trajectory, but it will not define its outcome.
 
“Our ability to achieve the promise of the Paris Agreement does not rest on the actions of one government alone.  At COP22 held in Marrakech last year, French President Holland said the Paris Agreement is an ‘irreversible’ process. We agree.
 
“The speed and scale of meeting the climate challenge has always required global solutions from all parts of the international community. It is up to all of us to reaffirm our commitment for a clean energy future, and to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.
 
“Companies and cities are not waiting to act; neither should we. Delivering on the Paris Agreement means more jobs, fewer health problems and increased access to cheaper, cleaner electricity. We have no time to lose: momentum remains on our side and together, we are unstoppable.”
 
Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-US said: “The leading nations of the world have come together in recent years to face the threat of climate change and to create the millions of new jobs needed for a renewable energy economy. Leadership from the United States proved critical in this success. 
 
“Now over 3.3 million Americans are employed in building low-carbon vehicles, cutting energy waste and providing clean energy to communities here at home, more than all US jobs from fossil fuels combined.
 
“Rolling back US commitments to cut carbon pollution not only harms the futures of our children and grandchildren, it undercuts our ability to compete in the massive growth in demand for renewable energy around the world. As recent polling from Yale University shows, a majority of Americans in every part of the country supports these kinds of pollution cuts from dirty power plants."
 
“This decision is at odds with the sweeping actions already being taken by companies, states, cities and communities across America, who are creating a future powered by clean energy, and who must now pick up the mantle of US climate leadership without the support of our federal government.
 
“In a world made safer by agreements between countries, today’s decision would repeal the current US plan to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement without providing a replacement. 
 
“We strongly urge President Trump and his administration to develop a clear and effective plan to meet our international commitments and safeguard our economy. We urge them to protect the American people and our communities as required under the Clean Air Act.”

For more information, contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za +27 72 393 0027
Increased climate impacts - like flooding - affects millions of people every year.
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