As World Moves On Climate Change, U.S. Pushes Fossil Fuels

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At the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Team Trump is promoting fossil fuels. The United States now stands alone, the world's only country not in the Paris agreement. Where does this go?

The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga. (Branden Camp/AP)
The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga. (Branden Camp/AP)

Two hundred nations meeting in Bonn, Germany this week to look at how to meet and accelerate commitments to fighting climate change under the Paris climate accord. The United States, on the sidelines — the only country in the world not on board with the Paris agreement. Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out. From the sidelines, the Trump administration was there pushing fossil fuels and nuclear yesterday. But other Americans were fighting for change. This hour, On Point: we go to Bonn, and the climate fight now. --Tom Ashbrook


Emily Holden, energy reporter for Politico. (@emilyhholden)

Corinne Le Quéré, professor of climate change science and policy at the University of East Anglia and the director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. (@clequere)

Robert Stavins, professor of environmental economics at Harvard University. (@RobertStavins)

Jay Inslee, governor of Washington state. (@GovInslee)

From Tom's Reading List:

The Guardian: Alternative US Group Honoring Paris Climate Accord Demands 'Seat At The Table' — "The United Nations should give a 'seat at the table' to a powerful group of US states, cities, tribes and businesses that are committed to taking action on climate change, Michael Bloomberg has urged. In an apparent bid to circumvent US president Donald Trump’s moves to withdraw from the Paris accord, the billionaire philanthropist also said the world body should accept an alternative set of US climate commitments alongside national pledges to reduce carbon emissions."

New York Times: The Bonn Climate Conference: What You Need To Know — "On the agenda this time around: filling in the details of those Paris pledges. They are voluntary, vague, and not easily verifiable. The diplomats in Bonn hope to firm up the countries’ commitments and make it easier to measure progress."

Politico: Climate Activists Disrupt White House Coal Presentation In Bonn — "Singing, shouting protesters repeatedly interrupted a White House-sponsored panel Monday evening as U.S. officials tried to promote fossil fuels and nuclear power during an international climate conference."

This program aired on November 14, 2017.


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