Trump reportedly tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 2:49
"We do not disguise this division". He thought it was a very constructive, very warm conversation with them.
Trump himself hailed what he called "a tremendously productive meeting", saying he had strengthened US ties with longstanding partners.
Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China and wants to boost the U.S. coal industry, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions.
"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 global executive director, said in Sicily.Nevertheless, the clean energy revolution is "unstoppable" with support from other governments and from industry, she said.
The heat is on: President Trump says he will decide this week whether to stick with the landmark Paris climate accord.
"Having been a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officer, under President Bush and President Obama, and then having been back there in Brussels representing the Department of Defense under President Trump ... this is a consistent message that we have given the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations", Mattis said.
Guterres said he has urged Trump to stay involved in global environmental work.
In a worst-case scenario, one group of scientists found that if the USA doesn't curb its emissions, even if other countries met their Paris Agreement targets, America would contribute up to 0.3 C of warming to the planet by 2100; however, scientists were divided on how reasonable this outcome could be.
There was relief that Trump agreed to language on trade in the final G7 communique that commits to a rules-based global trade system. The issue has divided members of the West Wing, though legal questions and evolving viewpoints have blurred the lines between those advocating for a withdrawal and aides urging Trump to remain in the pact. "Look, as you know from the USA, there's very strong views on both sides".
The president refused Saturday to join his Group of 7 (G7) counterparts in a pledge to uphold the 195-nation Paris Agreement.
He made no mention of protectionism.
Meeting in a luxury hotel overlooking the Mediterranean sea, hosts Italy had hoped that the summit would focus on Europe's migration crisis and the problems of neighbouring Africa.
A compromise among leaders was shown in the G7 final statement on migration, a topic that Italy wanted to put high on the agenda. They also called for a demilitarization of "disputed features".
"Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration", Issoufou said. This process would take just one year.