Minister Mushahidullah Khan hails Obama on clean energy plan, urges United States to do more to save plant – Press Note issued by Ministry of Climate Change (Pakistan Press International)

August 4, 2015

August 04, 2015 (PPI-OT)

Following is the text of press note issued by Ministry of Climate Change


Federal Minister for Climate Change Tuesday called upon top key global polluters to step up their carbon emission mitigation efforts by particularly increasing their resilience on clean energy sources to cope with global warming. He said global warming is unlikely to be dealt with to save earth from its negative impacts as long as the rich polluting countries including do not show the world that they are committed to radically reduce carbon emissions to slow down climate change.

“China, United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, South and Korea have been ranked among the top 10 polluting countries in the world, who emit the highest carbon dioxide emissions from all forms of industry and fossil fuel consumption. It is these countries, which must show leadership in cutting carbon emissions significantly to save planet from devastating impacts of climate change,” he said in a news statement issued here in response to US President Barak Obama’s new Clean Energy Plan announced on Monday.

A new clean energy plan calls on the U.S. to cut carbon emissions from power plants by a third by 2030. The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming.

Declaring climate change the gravest threat facing the world today, Obama said during a White House ceremony to formally unveil what he called his “Clean Power Plan”, he highlighted that the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide.

“The new US clean energy plan does deserve appreciation. But, we believe that since America is the second biggest carbon emitter after China, the 32 percent carbon emission target by 2030 does not sound impressive and the target must have been higher to provide pretty strong push for other rich polluters such as Russia, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Korea and Canada to announce their more ambitious carbon emission reduction plans, respectively,” Mushahidullah Khan stressed.

He added, “We also understand that actions by the world’s second largest emitter send signals to the rest of the rich polluting counties on beeping up efforts to confront man-made climate change by announcing ambitious carbon emission mitigation plans in their respective energy, water, agriculture and transport sectors.

This will fairly set the ground for the two-week-long UN-led global climate conference this year in December to churn out a viable, balanced, ambitious global climate agreement, which will be enforceable after 2020 and inevitable to slow down climate change and keeping the average global temperature rise within 2 degree Celsius by significantly cutting carbon emissions.

The minister also lauds American democratic presidential candidates for praising the plan as a good way to confront the challenges of climate change. He also flayed republicans for casting the new energy plan as over-regulation and warned that the new clean energy would lead to substantial cut in jobs and inflate utility bills.

He also seconded a Obama’s statement, where he noted that “no challenge today poses a greater risk to future of all living beings on the planet earth” than climate change that is heating the atmosphere to record levels, and the nation may not be able to reverse the trend if it doesn’t act soon”.

Meanwhile, the climate change minister Mushahidullah Khan said that it was heartening for us to note that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has announced to strongly defend the Obama’s plan.

Commenting about clear-cut signs of rapidly changing climate because of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs), which he blamed on rich countries, the minister said “More frequent floods, droughts, super-storms, cyclones, erratic rainfall patterns, rise in glacial melt speed and asthma cases as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own.”

The rich countries cause climate change, but it’s the poorer countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam and Maldives, which are reeling under the ravaging consequences, the minister exploded. He said, “The developing countries are supporting their climate-vulnerable communities while trying to cope with the disastrous effects of climate change on their socio-economic sectors. However, we the developing countries together would keep challenging world leaders with strong force to do more about climate change.”

For more information, contact:Muhammad SaleemDeputy DirectorMedia and CommunicationMinistry of Climate ChangeGovernment of PakistanLG and RD Complex, G-5/2, ISLAMABADPh: 051-9245565E-mail: moccpakistan@hotmail.comWeb: