Preserving the Environment

What’s Next for Clean Energy?

June 1, 2017
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What’s Next for Clean Energy?
Google has invested more than $1.8 billion in renewable solar and wind energy projects. Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
The Paris climate accord and the U.S. Clean Power Plan may have been scrapped, but clean energy remains (very much) part of the American energy market.

In June 2017, President Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, a landmark agreement aiming to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

“The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, but begin negotiations to reenter the Paris Accord — or an entirely new transaction — on terms that are fair for the United States,” President Trump said.

In March of that same year, the president also issued an executive order to undo the Clean Power Plan, which tightly regulated power plants burning fossil fuels in an effort to reduce U.S. carbon emissions.

“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” said President Trump during the signing.

But for more than a decade, natural gas and clean energy sources, including wind and solar, have become increasingly affordable and reliable. The Paris agreement and the Clean Power Plan may have been scrapped, but clean energy remains (very much) part of the American energy market.

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