In early November, the United States officially quit the Paris climate agreement signed in 2015 by 195 countries and which aims to contain the rise in temperatures below 2 degrees and rather to approach 1.5 degrees.
“I have withdrawn the United States from the unfair and partial Paris agreement on the climate, a very unfair agreement for the United States”, declared Donald Trump, in a video released on the occasion of a summit virtual G20 organized by Saudi Arabia.
The environment is, with the Covid-19 pandemic, on the menu of discussions at this two-day summit bringing together the world’s largest economies under the Saudi presidency.
“The Paris agreement was not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy,” he blasted.
“I refuse to give up millions of American jobs and send billions of American dollars to the worst polluters and environmental offenders in the world,” hammered the American president, in an implicit reference to China, his commercial adversary.
Donald Trump, who championed the fossil fuel industry, questioned the science of climate change and weakened other environmental protection measures.
The US president, who refused to concede defeat in the recent presidential election, gave one year’s notice to quit the Paris agreement on November 4, 2019. But Joe Biden promised the United States would join the deal. from his first day at the White House in January 2021, an initiative hailed by European leaders.
The US president-elect has proposed a $ 1.7 trillion plan to bring the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter of CO2, to zero by 2050.
Despite progress in the energy transition, the world is still on the path to 3.3 degrees warming by 2100, according to a report by the specialist research center BloombergNEF, published in late October.