The CPP aimed to reduce power plant emissions to 32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. As of last year, GHGs have dropped to 24 percent of 2005 levels, with 14 years left still to go. At this rate, the targets will be exceeded by 2030, despite the fact that the CPP doesn’t even technically exist.
Why? Well, as aforementioned, natural gas, solar, and wind power is getting cheaper to buy, install, and run all the time, and market forces are beginning to eschew riskier oil and coal reserves. Secondly, individual states – particularly New York and California – are transforming their electrical grids to feature far more renewable sources than ever before.
Lastly, and most importantly, voters want clean energy. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want Trump to ignore fossil fuels and focus on wind and solar instead. Similarly, two-thirds of Americans wanted the US to play a huge role in the Paris agreement.
The future lies in the hands of the people. Even if Trump ultimately withdraws from Paris – which will take about three to four years, legally speaking – this probably won’t matter as much as you think in the long run.
As long as people use their vote when it counts, they can elect Congressional lawmakers, senators, governors, and even a President that wants to save the planet – and America with it – instead of letting it burn.