G-7 Talks Leave Pruitt and USA as Climate Change 'Footnote'

Following President Trump's announcement of US' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change made on 1 June 2017, a number of U.S. federal states and cities passed legislation or pledged action to uphold the commitments and goals of the Paris Agreement.

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 United States will continue to engage with key worldwide partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities", the communique read in a note.

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement was widely met with outrage by the global community, which, in addition to viewing it as a signal the us would not pull its weight on offsetting climate change, feared the world's biggest economy bucking the landmark agreement could encourage other countries not to meet their commitments.

Trump's representative at the meeting, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, was unrepentant, insisting United States action spoke louder than words.

"Separate lengthy chapters on climate change and the role of multilateral development banks" were not endorsed by the U.S., Alden Meyer, who has followed worldwide climate talks for more than two decades for advocacy group the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a note.

Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said a dialogue had been kept open with the U.S.to see if there were the conditions for Washington to reenter the Paris accord.

Pruitt attended only the first couple of hours of the environment meeting Sunday and held a few brief bilateral meetings, including with the EU's Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, before flying home for a cabinet meeting at the White House.

"I would point you the prime minister's recent comments and statements regarding the Paris Agreement and climate change", wrote Ahmad. We believe in the Paris Accord and we are going to stick to our commitments.

"Everything else for us is excluded", he said.

And that comes after a week-long trip in China, where Gov.

The U.S. also wanted to say that it will continue to lead by making emissions reductions, as demonstrated by the cut in domestic carbon dioxide compared to levels before 1994. The final declaration of the event also included other issues of world interest such as the fulfillment of the goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, particularly on Africa, the efficiency of resource management related to circular economy and management of marine waste.

"The U.S.is now left as a footnote to climate action and that's very sad", said Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. The 2017 G20 summit will take place in Hamburg, Germany in early July. I am proud of Gov. Inslee stepping up and working with other governors to honor the commitment made in Paris.

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