Die Welt’s energy journalist, Daniel Wetzel: "Now the results are in: No country in the world saved more CO2 in 2017 than the USA."
On USA’s impressive reductions, Wetzel called it “bizarre”: "Foremost a development emerged that was quite bizarre: Of all countries, the USA under President Donald Trump was the world’s most successful climate protector.”
Book Excerpt: In 2007, Jones emailed, “The 2 deg C limit is talked about by a lot within Europe. It is never defined though what it means. Is it 2 deg C for globe or for Europe? Also when is/was the base against which 2 deg C is calculated from? I know you don’t know the answer, but I don’t either! I think it is plucked out of thin air.”
“Two degrees is not a magical limit—it’s clearly a political goal,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Professor Roger Pielke Jr. explained in 2017 that the 2-degree goal “is an arbitrary round number that was politically convenient. So it became a sort of scientific truth. However, it has little scientific basis but is a hard political reality.”
Book Excerpt: President Trump was right to reject the Paris pact. “Trump’s climate plan might not be so bad after all,” wrote Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg, adding that Trump withdrawing from the UN treaty “will stop the pursuit of an expensive dead-end” because even if you accept the climate claims of the UN, the agreement “will matter very little to temperature rise.” As the statistician explained, the debate about the UN Paris agreement is “about identity politics. It’s about feeling good...but the climate doesn’t care about how you feel.” The bottom line? “If the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President Obama’s very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century.”