EU will lead if US abandons climate agreement

EU Commissioner of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said at a May 31 press conference that the European Union was ready to lead the world into a cleaner future if the United States declined to do so.

“I think that despite this possible draw-back of the U.S. administration, that the economic factors in the U.S. would prevail in the end,” Sefcovic said. “Europe is ready for the leadership and we will definitely provide it.”

Sefcovic approached the matter from an economic and an environmental angle.

“When I was in the White House myself, I was explaining that for Europe there is no ‘Plan B’ because we do not have the ‘Planet B’, and that we are clearly convinced that this is very important not only for the planet, it’s very important for the future of mankind,” he said.

He continued, “I think that we have very clearly proven in Europe that the energy transition, use of the cleaner technologies, more production of energy from renewables, clearly bring business sense, and I think that the business community in the United States is understanding this more and more.”

Sefcovic seemed to be saying that in time, the U.S. would recognize the reality that fossil fuels were not the best path forward from any perspective, and that until the U.S. once again assumed the mantle of world leader, the European Union was quite up to the task.