A l’approche de l’important sommet climatique à Paris en décembre, le président américain a proposé un plan climat largement commenté dans les médias. Celui-ci est présenté comme "ambitieux"...

Ce geste politique est significatif mais malheureusement bien trop léger pour espérer une réelle amélioration. Obama fait face au milieu industriel, opposé à toute loi climatique. Ses mesures "courageuses" dans ce contexte ne sont hélas qu’une goutte d’eau dans l’océan... Car c’est bien d’un changement profond de la politique énergétique dont nous avons besoin. Pour cela, il faut aussi arrêter les forages dans l’arctique et ne plus soutenir les nouvelles énergies fossiles, comme les sables bitumineux et gaz de schiste !

Découvrez ici la réaction de Friends of the Earth EWNI (Angleterre, Pays de Galles et Irlande du Nord) :

Friends of the Earth press release
Embargoed : Immediate release, Monday 3 August 2015
Contact : Neil Verlander, Friends of the Earth media office 0207 566 1649


Commenting on President Obama’s clean energy plan, Friends of the Earth’s chief executive Craig Bennett said :

“Obama’s climate initiative is politically significant, but falls way short of what scientists say is required to tackle catastrophic climate change.

“In the face of huge US vested interests that oppose any measures on climate change, the President’s plan at least pushes the issue up the agenda.

“But these measures are just a drop in the ocean, when a sea change in energy policy is what’s desperately required.

“It would have been more significant if the President said no to drilling in the Arctic, and stopped his support for new fossil fuels such as fracking and tar sands.”

Contrasting President Obama’s approach to that of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Craig Bennett said :

“While the President is trying to inch the US forward on climate change, David Cameron is busily beating a hasty retreat.

“Since the general election, the UK government has launched a concerted attack on policies designed to boost clean power and save energy.

“If Mr Cameron wants to show any sort of leadership ahead of crucial climate talks in Paris he must end his support for dirty gas and oil - and give real backing to the development of a low-carbon future.”


Notes to editors :

1. On March 25th, 2015 the United States submitted its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) to the UN which stated : "United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%".

This INDC target is equivalent to a 14-17% emissions reduction on a 1990 baseline. The comparable EU pledge is a 40% reduction by 2030 on 1990 levels.

2. In order to prevent a breach of the 2c threshold, Friends of the Earth and leading climate scientists, such as Professor Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Institute, are calling for reduction levels of around 80% by 2030.

3. According to a Friends of the Earth study based on data from the Stockholm Environment Institute the USA would need to be making domestic emissions reductions of 55-65% by 2025 or 71-81% by 2030.

If the US was to undertake its real fair share, its effort would be -212% to -222% by 2025 or -263% to -276% by 2030.

4. The US must provide climate finance and support to poorer developing countries to allow them to grow cleanly as part of their fair share of global effort.

5. Friends of the Earth analysis of the findings of International Panel on Climate Change Global report on climate change.

6. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things differently. For further information visit www.foe.co.uk, follow us at @wwwfoecouk, or like our Facebook page.