G7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 17:56
And while the news media spouted headlines that Trump aides said his thoughts on climate change were "evolving", he was not swayed by the arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others who are anxious about the USA pulling out of the global agreement signed by almost 200 nations.
G7 leaders on Saturday wrapped up their annual summit with an unprecedented display of division over climate change as U.S. President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies. According to three sources with "direct knowledge", Trump has told "multiple people. including EPA head Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change", reports Axios. "But even if the U.S. government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for the USA societies as a whole, for the cities, the states, the companies, the business to remain engaged with the Paris agreement - so it is very clear that governments are not everything".
The statement reads, "The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".
Later in his daily briefing, Spicer was asked whether Trump believes that human activity causes climate change.
G7 leaders meet in Taormina, Sicily, May 26, 2017 Facing front, from left: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
Trump may have promised to make his decision known soon, but the leaders of the six other countries are not optimistic. But it came into force only after being ratified by 55 countries, which between them produce 55% of global carbon emissions. "All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord".
Earlier this month, White House sources told HuffPost that Trump was leaning toward an exit from the accord.
Mr. Trump has always been a critic of climate change.
Trump reflected on how many places he had visited, saying, "We have been gone for close to 9 days. and I think we hit a home run, no matter where we are".
At a speech delivered at New York University, Guterres delivered his first public remarks on climate change, focusing on the agreement 147 parties, including the United States, have signed to reduce global carbon emissions.
He said solar power grew 50 percent previous year, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries".
"The best outcome for both the USA and the rest of the world is for the USA to remain in both the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC and to play a constructive and progressive role".