G7 Summit Ends Without U.S. Joining Consensus On Climate Change
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:25
Trump wasn't swayed by arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others to honor the Paris agreement, agreed upon in 2015 by nearly 200 nations to cut fossil fuel emissions and boost funding to ease the effects of global warming.
The document says the U.S.is still reviewing its policies on climate change and the Paris Agreement, which Trump had promised to back out of when he was a candidate on the campaign trail. Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, however, said he hoped that the US would stay in the agreement that President Obama signed in 2015.
'The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying, she told reporters.
Macron said he told Trump it is "indispensable for the reputation of the United States and the interest of the Americans themselves that the United States remain committed" to the Paris agreement.
Canada played a leadership role in pushing for the communique to include the language on fighting protectionism, the Paris Agreement, and in particular for the reference to gender equality being "fundamental to the fulfillment of human rights", according to a federal government source.
Trump moved away from his once-strident rhetoric on Islam during an address in Riyadh to leaders across the Muslim world last Sunday, calling instead for unity in the fight against Islamist extremism.
Alden Meyer, the director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group in Washington, said the discord over climate change was unusual for G-7 meetings.
The US President told leaders of the G7 countries that they would have to wait until next week for his decision on whether America would honour its undertakings under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.
In Saudi Arabia, Trump called on the leaders of Muslim countries to shoulder more of the weight of the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS - matching his calls on the campaign for Muslim countries to shoulder more of the financial and military burden of the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. "I saw someone who listens and who is willing to work".
"He digested that", Cohn said. "We had a good exchange on the difficulty of balancing climate change, responses to climate change and ensuring that you still have a thriving economy, you still offer people jobs so they can feed their families and have a prosperous economy".
In a hangar at Naval Air Station Sigonella, which is also on Sicily, Trump was introduced by his wife Melania, who has raised eyebrows during the trip by twice flicking away her husband's hand when he tried to hold hers. Just this week, members of his administration indicated that the White House had not yet decided what to do on the issue.
"The ongoing large-scale movement of migrants and refugees is a global trend that, given its implications for security and human rights, calls for coordinated efforts at the national and worldwide level", the leaders stated.
Several organizations pressed Trudeau to make sure there is a better result when Canada hosts the G7 summit next year in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. "I think there was progress and there was a real discussion and exchange of views", he said, voicing hope that Trump would decide to keep his country within the Paris framework.