Trump’s decision goes against all common sense
Oprettet den: Monday, 5. June 2017 - 10:30 / caf
The US President’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is deeply regrettable and can mean that the country will be sidetracked in the future, says IDA President Thomas Damkjær Petersen.
”It seems irrational that he wants to put Americans first and then acts as though he is completely blind to the opportunities for growth and job creation followed by a green transition,” he says.
Thomas Damkjær Petersen does not hope that Donald Trump’s goodbye to the Paris Agreement means that more countries will follow.
“The world needs this agreement and my hope is that the rest of the world will become even more determined in the fight for a healthy planet Earth. In addition, Trump risks being isolated in his battle against climate as several US states have already seen the clear advantages of a green transition and are already doing it. So Trump’s decision does not necessarily need to have implications for the many Danish companies in the forefront of the green transition and developing green technologies,” says IDA’s President.
The main purpose of the climate agreement from the COP21 meeting in Paris is to limit the climate changes and, specifically, the rise of temperatures to 1.5-2.0 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Since 2006, IDA has launched a string of suggestions as to how Denmark can meet the political ambition of being independent of fossil fuels by the year 2050.