Good News from Paris

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on June 2, 2017 - 10:50am

Western Energy Alliance applauds President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The unratified treaty conflicted with the administration’s plans to increase American development of the energy that actually powers the country 

While many, including some large oil and natural gas companies, have urged the President to stay in the treaty, the negative impacts on the United States would have been enormous and amounted to a fundamental reordering of not just energy, but the entire economy. But don’t take my word for it. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change continues to confirm it, when speaking of Paris and other international efforts.

"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change [sic] the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution…This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history."

Never mind that former Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor belied by his “outrage” over the President’s decision to withdraw, admitted that the Paris agreement will do “zero” to actually solve climate change.

At a time like this, I like to remember how much more effective the oil and natural gas industry is at providing a real solution to climate change than any international treaty such as Paris or Kyoto; government policy like a carbon tax or cap-and-trade; or renewable subsidy.

Our industry is responsible for 62% of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the electricity sector, compared to just 38% for wind, solar and other non-carbon generation, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Our industry is the number one reason the United States leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

That’s right. The United States provides actual leadership on climate change by reducing more greenhouse gases than any other developed country. Leadership is not worrying about upsetting other countries because we pull out of an agreement that would hamstring our economy and possibly (or not) avoid a mere 0.2 degrees C of warming by 2100.

Climate alarmists and others looking to fundamentally reorient society don’t like to admit it, but the oil and natural gas industry has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than any government climate change policy, which is why our success is ignored by most of the media and mainstream environmental groups. The orthodoxy is about government control of the economy in the guise of the environment. We provide the exact opposite solution–the private sector operating in a free market, delivering an environmental and energy benefit at the lowest price.