Trump to decide on Paris accord next week
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:41
German leader Angela Merkel said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump's G7 partners remained in the dark about his intentions on climate change, calling the debate at a summit in Sicily "very unsatisfactory". It did state that all the countries except the USA strongly support the Paris Agreement-a global effort undertaken by almost 200 countries to limit the worst impacts of climate change. "President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution", Meyer said.
President Donald Trump and Canada's prime minister met on the sidelines of the G-7 summit to discuss economic issues.
Leaders of the world's major economies ended a G7 summit on Saturday with a disagreement on climate change.
Trump promised on the campaign trail to "cancel" the Paris Agreement arguing that it hurts USA energy interests, but actually exiting the deal has proven more complicated than Trump portrayed it on the campaign trail.
Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised what she called "a very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory" discussion with Trump on the issue. Among other things, the group committed to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord.
The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United States and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. "He knows that Paris (deal) has important meaning to numerous European leaders".
The backing of the Paris Agreement goals from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain is not a surprise. We have a situation where six, or if you also include the European Union seven, are against one.
The United States produces the most carbon emissions of any country apart from China.
Although failing to find immediate common ground on a G7 approach to climate change, the United States did give backing to statements opposing protectionist economic policies and supported further sanctions on Russian Federation should they be deemed necessary.
Trump tweeted that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the pact.
The landmark climate deal was signed by 195 countries in Paris in December 2016 and came into force 11 months later.
President Trump is introduced ahead of his speech to US military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, in Sigonella, Italy.
Trump also understands that Germany is bound by the rules of the European Union and could not unilaterally change its trade policies, Cohn said.
Meyer said many USA states, cities, and companies are moving forward on climate action while the Trump administration is "waffling" on the Paris Agreement.