The past year saw the United States surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the biggest crude oil producer in the world after years of steadily leading the charge in the shale oil revolution.
After spending much of the last decade fully implementing its strategy of achieving full energy independence for the first time in decades, the US is now stepping is as one of the world’s main champions of fossil fuels.
Washington is now in the process of coordinating with Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait moves that will effectively block the full endorsement of a critical UN climate report that calls for radical emission cuts in an effort to avoid catastrophic global warming consequences.
US President Donald J. Trump’s top White House adviser on energy and climate, Wells Griffith, told a conference in Katowice, Poland, that “no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” and later declined to comment if the Trump administration would endorse the widely-held scientific belief that radical climate change initiatives need to be enacted to avoid irreversible damage being done to the environment.
The posture of the US delegation sent to Poland is a stark contrast to the one seen by former President Barack Obama, who was able to broker a deal with China’s Xi Jinping to limit greenhouse emissions in the final months of his presidency.
The Trump administration announced that it would pull out of the Paris Accord, saying it would harm the US economy, At the recent G20 Summit in Argentina, Trump was the only world leader who refused to join a joint commitment by his counterparts to action against climate change.
The Paris agreement was based on a concept that saw the world’s industrialised economies back developing nations in their efforts to reduce the exploitation of fossil fuels.