Diplomats are confused and irritated thatÂ the U.S. has made more ground reducing emission levels than Canada, despite President Donald Trumpâ€™s decision to leave the Paris agreement.
â€œItâ€™s a bit of a paradox, here,â€ Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Â told reporters Wednesday. The U.S. is pummeling Canada on the issue, he added, even though the latter has made ratcheting down fuel emissions a top priority.
â€œIn Canada, you have a situation where you have a very strong political will to reduce, but effectively it has not gone on the planned road,â€ Gurria noted. Canadaâ€™s emissions should have fallen 17 percent from 2005 levels, he added, but they dropped only 2 percent.
Trump decision to walk away from the non-binding Paris accord has not resulted in an increase in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions â€” in fact, emissions continue to fall appreciably.Â Some Canadian activists argue the country is doing the best it can to meet the dealâ€™s obligations.
â€œWhether itâ€™s forest fires in Canada, drought around the world or some of the most powerful hurricanes in history, the evidence of climate change is all around us,â€ Mark Johnson, a spokesman for Environment and Climate Change Canada, said in a statement. â€œThis reminds us all of the need to act now.â€
The U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen roughly 12 percent since 2005, due in part to the increasedÂ natural gas production from hydraulic fracturing, according to a 2016 report from Energy Information Administration (EIA) report.
EIAâ€™s reportÂ attributes falling CO2 emissions to â€œdecreased use of coal and the increased use of natural gas for electricity generation.â€
Natural gasÂ emitsÂ about half the CO2Â of coal power and is alreadyÂ cheaper than coal in many locations due toÂ fracking.Â The EIAÂ estimates that roughly 68 percent of theÂ fallingÂ CO2 emissions areÂ due to the switch from coal to natural gas.
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