At least one Canadian delegate headed to a climate conference in Morocco is worried what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for current and future climate talks and pacts.
Edmonton Strathcona NDP MP Linda Duncan spoke on the Alberta Morning News and she said the United States have been a large part of getting to the Paris climate pact.
“People did not expect the agreement to be in effect so quickly and that was because the United States and China stepped forward so quickly and then Europe and Canada sort of added on. The United States represents about 17 to 20 per cent of the emissions,” said Duncan.
Duncan said Alberta and Canada are still on board with the pact even if the US decides to pull out.
“We have to remember that we also trade with a lot of other nations and are interested in trading with other nations and frankly it’s to our advantage to be making sure that we’re providing cleaner energy for our health. We need to remember that’s why the government finally decided to move more quickly to shut down coal-fired power.”
Duncan hopes Trump will realize how important these talks have been.
“Trump seems to be open to people advising him and hopefully he will hear the advice that the United States economy will miss out if they turn their backs on the renewable and energy efficiencies sector.”
The Marrakech Climate Change Conference in Morocco ends on November 18.