Via [Newsofficials] While the U.S. government is actively dismissing the threat of climate change, eastern countries are doing their best to avoid the potential risks. India and China, who have actually never stayed away from burning coal in the past, are spending more money on renewable energy.
That sort of contradicts their previous philosophy. Indian Ministry of Power, Piyush Goyal, even recently said that the country shouldn’t stop using coal. He suggested that it was ‘America and the western world’ that had to cease polluting the atmosphere first.
However, it seems New Delhi has changed its approach to the issue. India and China are doing great on the climate front, even better than the U.S. in some aspects. China has been on a solar power binge recently. It aims to drastically increase its capacities in the next several years – sounds great for a country, that is already the leader in the field.
‘Global leadership on climate is changing’, says the Climate Action Tracker, a group that periodically analyzes the situation. According to the report, India and China might actually decrease projected global carbon emissions growth by approximately two or three billion tones by 2030, which is bigger than initially predicted. The two countries are likely to exceed their Paris Agreement commitments. China has been burning progressively less coal over the last three years, and the tendency is expected to continue.
If India sticks to its new policies and decides to abandon its coal-fired power facilities, it may largely reduce the growth of carbon emissions in the next ten years. Should the two countries proceed as planned, their positive developments may outweigh the possible negative impact of the proposed rollback in the U.S.
The United States seems to be reverting the progress it has achieved so far, amid the talks about pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. If Washington decides to implement the strategy proposed by Trump, it is unlikely to have a significant impact on global emissions by 2030, the CAT analysis say. It will, however, cut into the downward trend, flattening U.S. emissions instead.