U.S. breaks with G7 on climate, development banks - statement

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Expectations for the G-7 talks were already low following President Donald Trump's June 1 move to exit the agreement that was signed in 2015 by his predecessor.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declined to endorse an global statement backing the Paris Agreement on climate change in order to "appease" U.S. President Donald Trump, reports German magazine Der Spiegel.

The account in Der Spiegel said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel phoned Trudeau last Tuesday, when they discussed the contents of a communiqué at next month's G20 summit in Hamburg.

Merkel is hosting the G20 meeting in July.

"He (Trudeau) suggested simply limiting the statement to energy issues, something that Trump would likely support as well", said the report.

"I would point you the prime minister's recent comments and statements regarding the Paris Agreement and climate change", wrote Ahmad.

Mulcair was not placated by Trudeau's denial, accusing him of being all style and no substance when it comes to climate change.

Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad wrote in emailed comments that "the characterization in this article is incorrect".

Greenpeace's Jennifer Morgan, said: "Paris is non-negotiable and the leadership shown by the G6 countries, along with the cities, states and businesses in the USA in moving the agreement forward swiftly is fundamental".

"We the United States of America continue to demonstrate through action, having reduced our Carbon dioxide footprint as demonstrated by achieving pre-1994 Carbon dioxide levels domestically", the footnote read.

It is one of 13 states that the U.S. Climate Alliance says is pledging to follow the Paris Accord pact.

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, had attended the first few hours of the summit on Sunday, but left to attend a cabinet meeting in Washington.

"Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated", he said.

Catherine McKenna, minister of environment for Canada which will host the G7 process in 2018, said they hoped the United States might yet return to the fold to at least some extent.

Trump's policies are likely to flatten US emissions around current levels, about 11.5 percent below 2005 levels, according to a study last month by European researchers who compile a Climate Action Tracker.

"The majority of the people in the United States are deeply committed to the Paris Agreement", Kerry said. The other two countries never joined: Nicaragua didn't feel as though the Paris Agreement was ambitious enough, and a vicious civil war and worldwide sanctions left Syria unable to attend the negotiations.

The 2015 accord, backed by almost 200 countries, aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through pledges to cut carbon dioxide and emissions.

The participants now have to negotiate the rules for implementing Paris, including how each country will report their efforts and progress, what kind of monitoring there will be and what can be done to promote compliance.

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