G-7 summit ends without unanimity on climate

Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue.

Putting a positive spin on it, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was sure Trump, who he praised as "pragmatist", would back the deal having listened to his G7 counterparts.

Delaying a decision about the accord provided opportunity for G-7 leaders and Pope Francis to press Trump to honor the U.S.'s environmental commitments.

A short while later Trump took to Twitter to vow that he will make a final decision on the Paris agreement next week. But he stands in stark isolation, as the leaders from Europe, Canada, and Japan have made it crystal clear they intend to fully implement their national commitments under the Paris Agreement and pursue efforts to decarbonize the global economy.

This morning they released their official "communiqué", a document outlining the group's position on top priorities, which due to the split between President Trump and the others leaders offered only minimal language on climate change and energy.

"Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the USA will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said. "However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russian Federation should its actions so require", the final statement read.

Trump, who for months has delayed a decision on the climate agreement, made his announcement at the conclusion of the Group of Seven summit in the resort town of Taormina, Italy. "President Trump's continued waffling on whether to stay in or withdraw from the Paris Agreement made it impossible to reach consensus at the Taormina summit on the need for ambitious climate action", Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said.

Trump has criticized efforts to cut emissions, saying they hurt US economic competitiveness.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But according to a media report by U.S. website Axios, Mr Trump has told "confidants", including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark worldwide agreement on climate change. Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the USA can scale back commitments made by President Barack Obama. "His basis for a decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States".

The Paris Agreement is broader than any previous climate accord. Hundreds of corporations and investors have endorsed the Paris agreement pact, including oil companies Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Exxon Mobil, which was previously led by Tillerson.

"Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change", Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace's worldwide executive director, said in Sicily.

  • Leroy Wright