The UN warns US will lose jobs if it quits Paris Climate deal

BY ADAM WIDMER | PUBLISHED: 05-09-2017

The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.

The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.

According to Solheim, if the United States departs the accord, China, India, and Europe will pick up the best power sector jobs in the future.
United States President Donald Trump is expected to announce as early as next week whether he intends to take his country out of the climate accord.

During his campaign, Trump vowed to "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement" within 100 days of moving into the White House.

"Obviously if you are not a party to the Paris agreement, you will lose out. And the main losers, of course, will be the people of the United States itself because all the interesting, fascinating new jobs will go to China and to the other parts of the world that are investing heavily in this," Solheim told Reuters in Geneva.

Solheim added that the world has now passed its "peak oil" stage, and was rapidly transitioning into the age of solar and wind.

The Paris was agreed in 2015 by nearly 200 countries and aims to limit global warming by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases from burning fossil fuels.

Solheim said that wind engineer is probably the most promising job in the United States, adding that China and India were bringing the price of solar down at such a rate that coal was no longer competitive.

With plastic in the oceans expected to equal the weight of fish by 2050, Solheim's new target is pollution.

Solheim voiced his optimism that with science, mobilized citizens, regulated markets, and the enormous power of business; such enormous challenges could be solved.

 

 

 

 

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Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Wilson Soto - Sep 19, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Dan Taylor - Sep 19, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 18, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Joseph Scalise - Sep 18, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.
Joyce Clark - Sep 16, 2017
The United Nations Environment chief Eric Solheim warned on Thursday that the U.S would shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord.