Trump administration abstains from worldwide climate change pledge

Italy, France, Canada, Germany, the U.K., Japan and the European Union knew going into the environment meeting that on climate change, it would be them versus the U.S. Among the other six, the only issue was Japan's request to toughen the statement to say that the Paris climate agreement was "irreversible" rather than "non-negotiable", according to one G6 delegate involved in the talks.

Trudeau issued a statement after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the global climate agreement earlier this month, saying he was "deeply disappointed" in the decision and that Canada's commitment to fight climate change is "unwavering".

The top USA official at the meeting, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, left the meeting after only few hours of one-on-one talks held with his counterparts from Germany, Japan, and Britain.

Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti voiced his hope a future dialogue with the USA could still develop in the near future.

Pruitt left early to attend Trump's first full cabinet meeting today.

"I also asked the United States to clarify its position that it wanted to renegotiate the Paris agreement", McKenna said. I think that we need worldwide co-operation in order to deal with climate change. The real driver behind dropping USA emissions has been the shale boom, which has unlocked vast quantities of cheap shale gas that has displaced coal as the country's dominant source of energy.

Countries that are challenging USA leadership in the world, such as Russian Federation and China, have already reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, and China is criticizing the US for leaving.

The world faces major challenges on a number of fronts, not just climate change, but also issues such as growing socio-economic inequality.

After Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the climate agreement, Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni signed a joint letter condemning the decision.

Ford Motor Co. and industry groups didn't condemn Trump's decision, but said their sustainability plans remain unchanged. The remainder of the US delegation were largely quiet, she said.

"What happens in DC matters a lot more for his political strategy than what happens in Italy", Victor said.

Differences between the United States and other leading economies over climate change remain wide and are not likely to narrow, environment ministers from G7 countries said on Sunday.

Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations official in charge of implementing the Paris accord, emphasised that the U.S. could not take any concrete steps to exit Paris for three years, under the terms of the accord.

The United States' current relations with our allies in Europe will be damaged further due to this move.

"If the G19 reaffirms their strong commitments to the Paris agreement - wow, you have the whole world", the G6 source said.

With the environmental movement galvanized, and this new coalition of states, cities, and industries more energized than ever before to commit to mitigation efforts, we might see the United States bridge that gap even faster outside Paris.

  • Leroy Wright