The game-changing pledge from the U.S. at the UN climate conference to back a proposal to phase down all fossil fuels as long as it focuses on projects with unchecked emissions is a successful breakthrough. But the odds are long that the U.S. will cash in on its promise.
It certainly had a stunning domino effect at the conference. It gave another boost to a call by India for countries at the conference to commit to phasing down all fossil fuels — going beyond last year’s pledge that focused solely on coal, according to a Bloomberg report. The European Union also said Tuesday it would join the U.K. and small island nations in backing India’s proposal, adding pressure to the Egyptian COP27 presidency to include the wording in a drafted agreement.