As President Donald J. Trump of the United States began to desert Obama crafted plans for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, other nations led by the European Union and China have redoubled their efforts to slow down climate change.
For Trump, the president's principal target is Clean Power Plan, a plan brought into fruition by Barack Obama. The CPP needed states to cut their carbon emissions generated from power plants. This agreement was important as per US pledge made in Paris to slash emissions anywhere from 26 percent to 28 percent below the 2005 levels within 2025.
President Trump made no mention of whether he will make the United States exit the Paris agreement. This agreement was signed only after more than 200 nations consented to it. The document wants the participating countries to shift from fossil fuels to sustainable ones within this century. If this is achieved, it will restrict rising sea levels, heat waves, droughts and floods.
Lu Kang, the spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said that all countries should agree. The Chinese Government has earlier cooperated closely with the earlier US administration under President Barack Obama. He said that although other countries may shift their climate change policies, Chinese policy on rightful dealing with the dangers of climate change will remain constant. The Chinese stance was echoed by Miguel Arias Canete, the European Climate Commissioner, He said that the European Union views the Paris agreement as “growth engine” capable of creating new investment opportunities and jobs.
A number of countries greeted the US flight with a mix of defiance and dismay. They assert that a number of benefits can be had when investments shift from the fossil fuels to sources of clean energy like solar power and wind. The list of benefits includes not only less air pollution, but also increased chances of employment.
There is widespread fear that less affirmative action by US, which is the number two country emitting greenhouse gases throughout the world, will result in other countries to cancel their own aims. About 141 countries have ratified this pact-ranging from the big OPEC oil producing nations to small tourist-dependent Pacific island states. The Paris Agreement allows each nation to set the domestic targets for restricting the greenhouse gases. It also foresees no kind of sanctions for any non-compliance.