A Defiant France Snubs Trump, Pledges No More Coal by 2023

France pledges to cut out coal by 2023 in the wake of Donald Trump’s election

of United States cooperation in this commitment. “I hope the Republican administration will continue to support the process of tackling global warming,” said China’s foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin. “We have to expect they will take a right and smart decision.”

Despite Zhenmin’s hopeful expectation, Trump’s commitment to addressing global warming is nonexistent. He famously tweeted that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese.

He vowed to rollback President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and get rid of other “unnecessary” rules aimed at the oil, gas and coal sectors. He also recently tapped climate change denier Myron Ebell to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency transition. Ebell, who is not a scientist, has argued for opening up more federal land for logging, oil exploration and coal mining. Ebell was also against the Paris Accord and urged the Senate to reject it.  

The current administration will continue to work toward the goals of the Paris Accord, US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed. “The evidence is mounting in ways that people in public life should not dare to avoid accepting as a mandate of action,” said Kerry.

Even with U.S. and Chinese cooperation, the Paris Accord may not go far enough. A report by the United Nations Environmental Program said that more cuts were needed in order to keep the Earth’s temperature below the disastrous two-degree rise from pre-industrial levels. “The Paris Agreement will slow climate change,” said Erik Solheim, the head of UNEP, “But it’s still not good enough if we are to stand a chance of avoiding serious climate change.”

With Trump at the helm, this cooperation is anything but certain.

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