Trump withdrawal from climate deal

Mandy Carr
June 14, 2017

The U.S. was represented by acting Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida following the departure Sunday by EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to consider keeping all mentions of the Paris climate change accord out of the upcoming G20 leaders meeting statement to placate U.S. President Donald Trump.

"In the environment, we all win together or we lose together", Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.

The Group of Seven countries could not bridge the gap with the US with regards to the Paris Agreement on climate change at a meeting of its environment ministers which began on Sunday.

The United States refused Monday to sign on to a Group of Seven pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

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.

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United Nations executive director for the environment Erik Solheim, present at the morning sessions, said G7 countries, excluding the United States were absolutely committed to move ahead with climate action whatever happened in the White House.

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 six other ministers reaffirmed their "strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement" and welcomed "the continued support that the Paris Agreement has received from other countries, and subnational and non-state actors around the world". "Europe is now more united than ever".

Canada's official summary of the phone call, issued on the day it occurred, states that the two leaders "agreed to continue working closely with like-minded partners to implement the historic Paris Agreement". By withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the United States is now the third country to reject it, the other two countries being Syria and Nicaragua.

The G7 are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.

The Plains states will benefit greatly from the president's decision to leave the Paris agreement, including fewer burdensome regulations, more choices for consumers, lower energy and food prices, additional jobs and greater economic freedom. Shortly after Trump's announcement, a coalition of USA states, cities, and businesses came together to pledge to adhere to the emissions reductions targets the president abandoned. This had the effect of galvanising other countries in their determination to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

But, 70 percent of Americans favor remaining in the Paris climate accord, 97 percent of our climate scientists, many of our elected officials - both Republican and Democrat - energy giants like Exxon Mobil and the birds and the bees all favor a viable planet. Any new USA administration could rejoin within 30 days, Kerry said.

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