EU climate chief says US must tackle climate problems, not international agreement

This article is over 1 year old Joseph Daul: ‘It is up to the U.S. to solve problems, not an international agreement’ The European Union’s climate chief, Nathalie Loiseau, has said it is up…

EU climate chief says US must tackle climate problems, not international agreement

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Joseph Daul: ‘It is up to the U.S. to solve problems, not an international agreement’

The European Union’s climate chief, Nathalie Loiseau, has said it is up to the United States to solve problems, not an international agreement on tackling climate change.

Loiseau spoke at the launch of a new report on Tuesday outlining the best way to prepare the EU economy for global warming, or climate change and disasters.

“The EU climate and energy action package aims to promote a low-carbon economy, accelerate our transition to a low-carbon economy, accelerate our clean energy transition and provide for the most resilient communities,” Loiseau said.

“We have set a very clear ambition of 40% renewables by 2030 and we are closing ranks with the U.S.”

But she told a news conference the EU needed to set more ambitious climate goals as promised by the bloc in its Paris Agreement obligations.

The Commission report said the bloc should aim for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 1990, although EU leaders may differ on the 2030 target at an EU summit in Brussels in June.

The report called for total energy savings of at least 10% a year over the next three decades, set a cap on consumption of greenhouse gases and end dependence on coal in power generation by 2025.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker spoke last month of the “immediacy” of the EU’s climate fight.

US climate chief says Donald Trump won’t backtrack on Paris agreement Stephen Bodemian, the president of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said a string of actions by President Donald Trump’s administration showed the president did not intend to follow through on his promise to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement.

Rising European temperatures

Scientists warn rising European temperatures caused by climate change will cause higher demand for help to fight such calamities as more intense storms, floods and heatwaves, affecting global food production and water supply.

The EU initiative comes after the UN’s weather agency said the 2017 hurricane season was exceptionally active with eight Category 4 and 5 storms, the most since 2010.

Dutch environment minister, Bas Eickhout, said the EU could lead the way in meeting its climate goals as the bloc was already cutting emissions much faster than China or the United States, the world’s top emitters.

The Commission plans to launch a similar plan for 2030 and asks countries to assess what policies can be implemented now to avoid higher costs from having to act later.

“If you are sitting around a table discussing these issues, it is our responsibility to be ahead of the game,” Eickhout said.

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