Monday, 21 August, 2017

Trump Refuses To Join G7 Statement Endorsing Paris Climate Accord

President Donald Trump has said Washington will not be bound by the targets on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases set down in Paris and will cut funding for developing countries affected by climate change No sign of healing in G7 climate change rift AFP by AFP11 Jun 20170 11 Jun 2017 11 Jun 2017
Howard Terry | 19 June, 2017, 01:35

US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said today.

Trump, who has in the past dismissed climate change as a hoax, says the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost jobs, and put his country at a disadvantage to its competitors.

The summit was the first since President Donald Trump declared he would pull the USA out of the global Paris accord earlier this month.

The environment talks echoed May's G7 leaders' summit in Sicily and the G7 energy ministers' meeting in Rome in April.

At the G7 ministerial talks in Bologna, Trump's main envoy, Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt, left the talks to return to Washington only a few hours after his arrival.

The US has refused to sign up to a G7 pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

"One thing is clear: For us the Paris accord remains the only possible instrument to combat climate change because it's a multilateral agreement", Gian Luca Galletti, Italy's environment minister and the meeting's host, told reporters.

The G7 ministerial meeting in Bologna also involved representatives from the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), and Chile, Ethiopia, Maldives, and Rwanda as invited countries.

As a result, the United States said it would not join those sections of the report on climate and multilateral development banks. The coalition aims to uphold US commitments under the Paris Agreement, and it also says it wants to meet or exceed the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era EPA rule on power plant emissions. The coalition is committed to achieving the goal of reducing GHG emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025, a goal enshrined in the US Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted under the Paris Agreement, and to meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

The Der Spiegel story aside, Canada's message and priorities around climate change remain unchanged, said the official from the prime minister's office. "Good, we're for that", Brown said in a speech closing out his trip at Tsinghua University in Beijing on 8 June.

President Barack Obama's voluntary US target under the Paris Agreement was to cut USA greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, partly by restricting coal-fired power plants.

The battle now turns to the G20 leaders' summit June 18 and 19 in Hamburg, Germany, which will bring in emerging economic powerhouses such as China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter; Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil supplier; plus India; South Africa; Indonesia and others.

She said Canada remains "deeply disappointed" in the USA move to abandon the accord, and that it was "very sad" to see the Americans reduced "to a footnote on climate actions". I am proud of Gov. Inslee stepping up and working with other governors to honor the commitment made in Paris.

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