'Even Trump cannot stop the renewables revolution': eco experts react to climate blow

Trump Tower and solar panels

The world is reacting to the news that President Donald Trump has officially pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, in effect exempting the USA from emissions restrictions intended to reduce an increase in global temperatures.

However, a number of organisations have commented that renewable energy technology will evolve regardless.

"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world faces and the next five years are crucial. Only if we act now can we hope to prevent catastrophic climate change destroying lives," says Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth.

"Whilst the rest of the world is uniting to face this threat, the US stands alone, an outcast. But even Trump cannot stop the renewables revolution that is already underway. With China, individual American States, and people across the globe willing to take action, this crisis can be averted."

Frederik Dahlmann, Assistant Professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School, agrees. "At a time when costs in the renewable energy sector are falling significantly and clean tech employment is reaching record levels, the President's decision ignores the very significant shifts occurring in the global energy system," he says.

"Fortunately for the US and the world at large, American businesses, communities, cities and states are already miles ahead in their assessment and responses to the threats posed by climate change."

Friends of the Earth has also called on leadership from the UK.

"Whoever becomes the next UK Prime Minister, they must now show leadership on climate action – starting by catching up with the rest of the world on renewables, and abandoning ill-advised plans to force fracking on communities," says says Craig Bennett.

Yesterday a Downing Street spokesperson said that Theresa May 'expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7' in a call with Trump.

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