In the last days of his mandate, President Barack Obama is busy. Last month it banned drilling in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic and created two national monuments, including one defended by indigenous peoples. Add to the list the publication of an article in a leading scientific journal, and it is not his first since he was president, either. The subject? Renewable energy.
Posted in Science yesterday (January 9), the article underlines that clean and renewable energy is the future and that it is “irreversible”. President Obama writes:
“Putting aside short-term politics, growing economic and scientific evidence leaves me confident that the clean energy saving trends that emerged during my presidency will continue and that the economic opportunity for our country to harness. this trend will only grow. “
He makes four points:
- If we accept that renewables are no longer an option, the economy will grow. This is true as reducing carbon emissions aligns with economic growth and investing in climate resilient infrastructure will save money. we taxpayer money.
- Businesses are expected to reduce their emissions, including through energy efficiency, which will save them money. This movement can also lead to job creation, as more people are needed to provide the service.
- The market is moving away from dirty energy like coal and turning to renewables as the costs of wind and solar come down.
- The rest of the world is moving towards renewables, so why not the United States? If the we awaits its end, it can demand, based on the treaty of the Paris Agreement, that China, India, Mexico, the European Union and others do so too.
Obama ends the article by raising the we the challenge of leading this transition. He calls out to the elected president by writing: “[E]each president is able to chart his own political course. And President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to do so. “
Trump, however, has made it clear that he supports the coal industry and criticizes the solar and wind industries. And as his cabinet candidates show, he’s comfortable with the fossil fuel industry.