Another View: Washington won't have the last word on climate

Herman Weaver
Ноября 27, 2016

At its core, Trump's argument was that China had grown strong at the United States' expense.

The countries would update their national plans to decrease emissions, submitted under last year's Paris Agreement, as early as possible before 2020, an effort to push for quicker global action to combat climate change. "In fact, a review of the data indicates that Trump might very well be the only world leader not calling for urgent climate action".

And making a case for poor nations, Heads of States and government called for an increase in the volume, flow and access to finance for climate projects, alongside improved capacity and technology from developed to developing countries. However, accomplishing this required the cooperation of every single nation that signed the agreement, and that included the United States.

She emphasizes that the Council's past surveys have found that Americans are generally amicable to global agreements with other countries as a solution to deal with climate change, with support declining only during economic recessions. China is also home to most of the world's largest solar manufacturers, and moving away from solar will only hurt them. And at home, China has put in place a broad-based regulatory program aimed at leveling its carbon emissions by 2030.

Many of them would require support from richer countries to switch to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

President-elect Donald Trump's goal to pull out of the Paris Agreement may go against a majority of Americans' wishes, according to survey results published Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, illustrating a growing consensus among Americans that climate change is a problem that should be addressed.

In one oft-quoted tweet, he said (incorrectly) that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

Optimists say matters have changed since then. But it also sees renewable energy as part of a long-run industrial strategy.

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One interesting aspect is that China, the world's No. 1 polluter - America is second - showed itself at Marrakesh to stand ready to pick up the banner of world leadership on this important issue if the United States, under Trump, wants to walk off the field of play. That's a responsible thing to do for the Chinese people and the world.

"The continued decline of China's Carbon dioxide emissions, combined with knowledge of structural change in the energy system, does indicate that Carbon dioxide emissions from China may have peaked, however a few more years of data is needed to confirm this", said Bill Hare, of Climate Analytics, a separate group that monitors global emissions.

This summit saw the launch of a Global Framework on Water Scarcity to support countries to integrate climate change and sustainable water use in agriculture.

Finally, climate change action offers China the flawless vehicle for demonstrating global leadership, burnishing its reputation among nations, and strengthening relations with allies old and new.

"Ours is taking a little more time than the others".

Thus, we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. If the US starts dragging its feet on its climate commitments, both in terms of cutting emissions and delaying funds pledged to help developing nations cope with the effects of climate change, it could seriously jeopardize the fight against global warming, which has affected the lives of millions and wreaked havoc on economies both large and small, rich and poor.

The November 7-18 UN climate summit concluded in the early hours of November 19 with a tight timetable on how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement but without a deal on how much money rich nations will pay for the objective and by when.

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