PARIS: A re-elected Donald Trump will not stop renewable energy deploymentbut it could be reversed anti-coal diplomacy efforts, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said Tuesday at the International Energy Agency ministerial meeting.
“Even when President Trump was there for those 4 years, 75% of our new electricity came from renewables because we had portfolio laws in all 37 states that required deployment of renewables… so whatever happens, It's not going to change the direction we're moving,” Kerry said.
“This revolution is happening… despite the hiccups of farmers' strikes or a president of a country who wants to leave the Paris agreement,” he added.
The comments were made on the 50th anniversary of the energy agency, which has grown from an initial mission of ensuring the security of oil supplies to increasingly championing renewable energy and reducing planet-warming emissions from oil use. of oil, coal and natural gas.
The US is the largest financial contributor to the IEA among the 31 member countries.
Ahead of the November 2024 elections in the US, former Republican President Trump, the favorite to become the party's candidate, committed to reducing financial contributions to international organizations and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, an agreement multilateral policy aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
And although current US President Joe Biden has heavily subsidized renewable energy and suspended approvals of new liquefied natural gas export projects, Trump has promised to “unleash the production of domestic energy resources”, including coal.
Despite his optimism regarding global renewable technology, Kerry warned that a reversal in US climate policy under a new administration would still have negative global effects.
“We were successful in our work with China in getting China to agree that it would no longer finance foreign coal power construction, which is a step forward, but the enforceability of this has proven complicated,” Kerry said. she said.
“We know there are 500 gigawatts of nascent coal-fired power waiting to come online in Asia, which will undo everything we’ve done in Europe and the US over the last 10 or 15 years if it comes online now,” he added. .