US opts out of G7 pledge committing to Paris climate accord

Trump, who has in the past dismissed climate change as a hoax, says the Paris accord would undermine the USA economy, cost jobs, and put his country at a disadvantage to its competitors. World leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are grappling with how best to handle Trump's rejection of the Paris agreement ahead of the G20 summit next month. A source familiar with the matter said Trudeau had last month strongly urged Trump to stay in.

Already through the first day of works, however, it was quite clear the rift on climate between the US and their major allies was much likely to remain unchanged. The volume of protest in communities from Pittsburgh (the city Mr. Trump twice claimed he was representing when he announced his decision) to Hawaii, which on June 6 became the first us state to pass a law committing to the Paris agreement, has been breathtaking.

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However, Canada's environment minister, Catherine McKenna, said the meeting did the opposite.

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Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti voiced his hope a future dialogue with the US could still develop in the near future.

"I want the world to know that the USA will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said.

China, the United States, and India are the most prolific greenhouse gas emitters in the world - in that order. The argument is a bit like Woody Allen's joke about two women at a Catskills resort: "One of 'em says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really awful.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know; and such small portions'".

"I actually arrived back this morning at 1 o'clock from Italy, the G7 focused on the environment", Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said at Monday's cabinet meeting. T he problem with the Paris Agreement is how it was done - without the approval of the American people or their elected representatives through a ratified treaty.

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At the annual meet-up for environment ministers from Group of Seven (G7) countries including Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, one of the main agenda items was advancing the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

In a footnote to the communique, the US said it wouldn't join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint. Weaker relations with its allies, countries questioning and challenging American leadership, and weakening global influence are all results that will occur if the United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement. Despite the fanfare of his Paris announcement, including a pledge his administration will halt all work on it, formally removing the us from the accord could take more than three years.

"I made it clear that the Paris agreement is not open for renegotiation although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules".

The Paris Agreement seeks to limit warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to avert effects including disruptions to food and water supplies from heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels. Energy ministers failed to agree to a common statement thanks to the us, leaving the Italian presidency to simply publish a chair summary. Brown signed green technology agreements, expanded climate deals and met with President Xi Jinping in what looked like a visit by a foreign head of state. Nicaragua held out because it felt the agreement did not go far enough.

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