President Trump caused a lot of commotion when he withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, and now President Biden is making a big deal of rejoining.
But here’s the thing. We don’t need it.
The U.S. is doing just fine in cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), thank you very much. The latest proof comes from a report published by the U.N.
But for the United States, the real value in this report is as an advisory that it need not join the Paris Climate Accord. This report is evidence that, instead, the U.S. should just keep doing what it is doing to cut its own emissions. The U.S. is the most successful major country at mitigating its own pollution, and the U.N. shows this.
As reported in Forbes, the report also says,
“The United States of America emits 13% of global GHG emissions.” Comparatively, “China emits more than one-quarter of global GHG emissions.”
“The U.S. still contributes the most greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world, but, over the last decade, the country’s GHG emissions have been in decline (0.4% per year).“
Greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the U.S. are dropping precipitously while those of China, India and Russia continue to rise. With the world’s most successful economy (over $21 trillion in 2019), it is not a surprise that the U.S. pollutes more per person, but the U.S. is making great strides in changing this.
Gee, now if only other countries that actually signed on to the accords would make such progress.