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US nothing is worse for climate than burning coal – Ex EPA chief

Coal News - Published on Thu, 11 Oct 2018

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Reuters reported a former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said, a position in contrast to President Mr Donald Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies, science shows that nothing does more to cause climate change than burning coal. Mr Trump announced that the United States would quit a 2015 global climate pact, citing concerns for the US economy and touting fossil-fuel energy anew but alarming nearly 200 signatories to the accord including close US allies. A UN report said that even limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), below the 2 degree target agreed in Paris, would entail rapid and unprecedented changes across every aspect of society or the world risks even more extreme weather and loss of species. Without real change, the world is not even on course to reach the 2C target, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the main scientific guide for governments on how to implement the Paris Agreement.

Former EPA administrator Ms Gina McCarthy told a Financial Times climate finance summit in London "We have big challenges ahead of us and I think that is what the (report) has told us a low-carbon future is better. From a climate perspective, nothing is worse than burning coal. I would like to see climate change presented as what science is telling us rather than a political statement, which is what many in the US are positioning it as."

Under the Paris Agreement rules, the United States cannot actually pull out of the pact until late 2020.

Ms McCarthy, who ran the EPA under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama from 2013-2017 "The US is pretty much on target to reach its (climate) targets at least in the short-term - the market is driving this. Markets drive change more quickly than regulation. Governments are not going to be the ones which make it run as fast as it needs to."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 11 Oct 2018
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