US opts out of G7 pledge committing to Paris climate accord

Tomas Mccoy
June 14, 2017

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was recalled from Group of Seven climate talks in Italy.

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 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.

In a snipe at the Trump administration, Hendricks" ministry on Friday posted a "fact check' of Trump's speech announcing the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord, claiming it contains "blatant fallacies".

With the environmental movement galvanized, and this new coalition of states, cities, and industries more energized than ever before to commit to mitigation efforts, we might see the United States bridge that gap even faster outside Paris.

Pruitt's departure comes just days after Trump announced the USA would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global pact created to fight against climate change.

The ministerial talks in Bologna - besides addressing the state of implementation of the Paris deal - focused on issues related to "the frontier between economy and environment" such as an environmental tax reform, a green and sustainable finance, and the role of multilateral development banks, according to the Italian G7 presidency. But U.S. business leaders in many sectors, including energy, technology and manufacturing, have embraced the treaty. "Everyone expressed their deep disappointment with the US decision", she said.

12 states and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing Carbon dioxide emission reduction goals (Green States). The United States gave up no sovereignty in being part of the Accord.

The Trump administration refused to join a G7 communique released Monday that endorsed the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change. Further, all this assumes that humans are the chief drivers of climate change and that humans can control global climate a century into the future.

Trump announced this month that the United States would not be bound by Paris targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying they were unfairly damaging to the American economy and overly generous to India and China.

She also said she told Pruitt that the accord is "not open for renegotiation, although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules". He has said the U.S. could try to re-enter the deal under more favourable terms, but Italy, France and Germany have said the Paris accord cannot be renegotiated.

Leader of a state judged to be the sixth largest economy in the world, Brown has become a figurehead in in the "Under2 Coalition", an worldwide pact among cities, states and countries committed to honouring the Paris Accord.

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