Experts in climate policy have said that the world will continue its transition to a low carbon economy despite any reluctance from US President Trump.
Commenting on his first 100 days in office at a special briefing to the media, climate policy experts allayed fears about President Trump’s impact on global climate trends, arguing countries want to be on the right side of a global trend towards clean energy uptake.
“We have embarked on a transition to a low carbon world and that journey cannot now be reversed,” said World Energy Trilemma of the World Energy Council chair Joan MacNaughton.
China’s attempts to lead on climate change technology appear to be continuing regardless of President Trump’s stance. Sussex University’s Science Policy Research Unit research fellow on low-carbon innovation Sam Geall stressed that domestic pressure on China to clean up its air quality, along with a desire for energy security, means it is likely China’s climate ambitions will increase in spite of “a retreat in ambition” from President Trump.
Despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, ClearView Energy Research and Analysis managing director Kevin Book said it would be politically difficult to carry out as it would upset the internationalist wing of the Republican party.
“We think that the Trump administration will remain within the Paris Agreement at least for the time being,” he said, adding that if the US were to pull out, steps would already have been taken.
“When President Trump wants to leave a deal, he leaves a deal,” he said.