Guest essay by Eric Worrall
In the wake of the Trump victory, Saudi Arabia, by far the world’s largest oil exporter, has vowed to adhere to its Paris Climate Pledges.
Saudi Arabia will stick to Paris accord climate change pledges
Vow comes amid fears president-elect Donald Trump will pull US out of global deal
Saudi Arabia says it will press ahead with pledges it made under the Paris climate change accord, even if president-elect Donald Trump pulls the US out of the global deal after he is sworn in.
In an indication of how isolated the US may be if it abandons the climate agreement that virtually every country in the world struck last December, the world’s largest oil exporter said the commitment of other big economies such as China underlined the accord’s strength.
“The US is very important for the climate process there is no doubt,” a Saudi delegate told the FT at UN climate talks in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, the first since the deal was adopted in Paris.
“But at the same time we need to recognise that the climate issue is a global issue. At the end of the day, this process is resilient enough to move forward and China’s comments are an example of that.”
Chinese negotiators in Marrakesh warned on Friday that there was a clear consensus among the “whole global society” to back the Paris deal and any shift in the US position would not derail Beijing’s efforts to shift to a greener economy.
The Saudi delegate, who declined to be named, said the fact that so many countries had rushed to ratify the Paris deal that it came into force in record time was “a very nice surprise” that amounted to the icing on the cake.
We need to recognise that the climate issue is a global issue. At the end of the day, this process is resilient enough to move forward
”The US election means you have to eat it fast,” he said, adding fossil fuel-rich Saudi Arabia had “no intention of watering down” its commitments to the deal.
Saudi Arabia, for example, has pledged to install more solar panels and other renewable energy systems, as long as its economy keeps growing, while the US has said it will cut its emissions by at least 26 per cent from 2005 levels over the next nine years, partly by reducing coal power plant pollution.
It is understandable that Saudi Arabia, whose government according to Julian Assange of Wikileaks is a major financier of anti-American Islamic terror and the Clinton Foundation, thinks their joke commitment to watch America self destruct is worth maintaining.