President Trump faced harsh criticism from the left last year for his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
Yet despite teen climate activist Greta Thunberg insisting that the move should cause “outrage and worry everyone,” a new report actually shows that carbon emissions have declined under the Trump administration.
Trump is vindicated
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported on Tuesday stated, “The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis – a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9%, to 4.8 Gt.”
“U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000,” it continued, noting that this represented “the largest absolute decline by any country over that period.”
The report explained that much of the decline could be traced to “a 15% reduction in the use of coal for power generation.”
Meanwhile the use of natural gas for generating electricity increased “to a record high of 37%. Overall electricity demand declined because the demand for air-conditioning and heating was lower as a result of milder summer and winter weather.”
Emissions still growing in China and India
However, not all of the world is following suit, with much of the world’s rise in CO2 emissions coming from China and India.
“In China, emissions rose but were tempered by slower economic growth and higher output from low-carbon sources of electricity,” the report explained.
“Renewables continued to expand in China, and 2019 was also the first full year of operation for seven large-scale nuclear reactors in the country.”
It added that “Emissions growth in India was moderate in 2019, with CO2 emissions from the power sector declining slightly as electricity demand was broadly stable and strong renewables growth prompted coal-fired electricity generation to fall for the first time since 1973,”
“Continued growth in fossil-fuel demand in other sectors of the Indian economy, notably transport, offset the decline in the power sector. Emissions grew strongly in Southeast Asia, lifted by robust coal demand,” the report concluded.
Sen. Ted Cruz reacted to the news via Twitter, writing, “FACT you will NEVER see on the 6 o’clock news: U.S. emissions FELL 2.9%, or by 140 million tons, continuing the trend of the United States LEADING THE WORLD IN TOTAL EMISSIONS DECLINE since 2000.”