U.S. refuse to sign G7 pledge on 'irreversible' Paris climate accord

Janie Parker
June 14, 2017

Scott Pruitt - a friend of the oil industry who is skeptical about man-made climate change and was Trump's controversial choice to head the US Environmental Protection Agency - attended the meeting in northern city Bologna, but was due to fly home after the first day.

During the summit, environment ministers of Germany, Canada, France, the U.K., Japan and Italy endorsed the Paris deal as "irreversible" to combat climate change.

The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

Environmental groups already have challenged some of the regulatory reforms pushed by the Trump administration and Congress using the Paris accord, the UNFCCC and other initiatives as the legal basis for these court challenges.

"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", reads the administration's position statement, which was included as a footnote of the G7 communique.

The world's largest economies are divided over how to tackle global warming following the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris climate accord this month. The two officials also discussed ways to work with the US on clean air, protecting the Great Lakes, and transportation, a Canadian spokeswoman Caitlin Workman told BuzzFeed News.

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"The positions expressed at the beginning will undoubtedly remain as they are, but. we definitely made a step forward towards dialogue - aside from climate, there is complete agreement on all the other issues", Galletti added. The delegates from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom were planning to issue a communique Monday on a range of environmental issues, including climate change.

Gov. Brown is leading the charge in the most vocal state resisting President Trump, declaring open season on the White House withdrawal from the Paris Accord. The timing of the previously planned meeting was right, days after Trump's decision - and through indications that China is preparing to take a more commanding role in fighting climate change.

If the US follows through with its pledge to formally withdraw from the pact, which can not happen formally until November 4, 2020, the country would join just two others-Syria and Nicaragua-as non-parties to the agreement.

Quizzed on Good Morning Britain about whether President Trump was wrong to withdraw from the accord, Mr Gove said: "Yes, I think he is wrong".

If we fail to globally curb carbon emissions, the world will continue to grow warmer, sea levels will rise and we'll face more intense storms, droughts and floods. Shortly after Trump's announcement, a coalition of us states, cities, and businesses came together to pledge to adhere to the emissions reductions targets the president abandoned.

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