Trump’s Clean Energy Executive Order and Future of Clean Energy
Somewhere is 2015, larger powerhouse companies in US signed the “American Business Act on Climate” to pledge the support the deal strongly made on the international level regarding the climate change. By signing this deal, these companies assured their commitment to prioritize the renewable energy production sources and to apply net-zero deforestation in their products manufacturing and distribution.
Major companies like Google, Apple, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Microsoft believe that the awareness about the climate change and the being prepared about it is a good thing to do with business. Among these, Coca Cola, Walmart and Pepsi-Co are food producers and are trying to shift their product sourcing to new places which may become more viable for agriculture as a result of climate change.
According to the majority of climate scientists, the climate change is mainly due to the human activities that lead to greenhouse effect. The most prominent cause of green house effect is the emission of greenhouse gases through the burning of fossil fuels like coal in power plants and mega industries.
The order’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants – a key factor in the United States’ ability to meet its commitments under a climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.
Trumps signing of the executive orders cancels the energy policy of President Obama which is known as Clean Energy Plan. This plan demanded states to cut down the carbon emissions from the power plants. This plan was the key factor to determine the US concern to meet the requirements of Climate Change Accord reached in Paris in 2015 by around 200 countries in the world.
For US to remain a global power, it must become a part of the energy transition from conventional to renewable worldwide. By backing off from the Paris deal, its now up to the other nations of the world, how will they stick to the accord and reach their goals of renewable energy transition.