President Trump delays decision on Paris climate accord

Yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that G7 leaders had a "controversial" debate on climate change, with Mr Trump being urged by everyone at the table to back the Paris Accords.

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.

"It's not a small difference, but six of seven countries agree on climate action and the still in a phase of revision I hope will conclude soon", Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister for host Italy, said in a press briefing. "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.

Six members of the Group of Seven plan to stick with their standing endorsement of the 2015 Paris deal to fight climate change by reining in greenhouse gas emissions and await a decision from the USA, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal G-7 announcement.

Trump, earlier in the day, rode the streets of Taormina in a golf cart as the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom walked ahead of him.

Pressure has come from outside the White House, too.

"The whole discussion on climate change has been very hard, even very unsatisfying", she said, adding that Trump was the only leader who did not reaffirm commitment to the Paris agreement.

The president's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, chimed in to say that the president's decision about whether to remain in the agreement would ultimately be based on what's best for the United States, to which Cohn concurred.

The 6 other member nations are planning to push Trump to change his policies on free trade and combatting climate change.

He also predicted "fairly robust" talks on whether Trump should honor a USA commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement. But according to Axios' sources, Trump has already made his decision to ditch the pact, and that would definitely be consistent with his numerous past statements as one of the world's most notorious deniers of the consensus scientific conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global climate change.

"We had a great time here", Mrs. Trump said.

The Paris deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, set out in 2015, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C. The G7 statement said that North Korea poses an increasing threat of a "grave nature" to global peace and security.

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.

Donald Trump is now on his way back to America, ending a marathon nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe - his first foreign trip since taking office.

"Hundreds of US states, cities, and companies are also moving forward on climate action, as they recognize the tremendous economic development and job creation potential offered by rapid deployment of clean energy technologies".

  • Salvatore Jensen