A commentary by Manila Times journalist Rigoberto D. Tiglao supporting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision not to honour his country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
PRESIDENT Trump’s announcement that the US will pull out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement adopted in 2015 has shocked the world, with near universal condemnation of the move.
After all, the US is the world’s second biggest polluter—accounting for 14 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emission—after China with 30 percent. If you include India’s 7 percent, these three countries already account for 51 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. If the US doesn’t cut its carbon emissions, the climate pact is doomed.
China has suddenly become the world’s environmental leader, announcing that it wouldn’t pull out of the pact which it struggled mightily not to join.
After all, the US is now the most advanced industrialized nation, and had already polluted the world for over a century, using the cheap, polluting coal the West is now condemning. In contrast, China is still struggling to be an industrialized nation, and its argument against joining the pact is certainly valid: Now that the West has already become industrialized, it has no right to demand that China stop using the cheapest source of power, coal, that the Western countries used before.
Trump’s move though is good news for us. We could use it as a perfect excuse to withdraw from the past administration’s commitment to the pact that was so unrealistic, and could even block our development.
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