US left as 'footnote' in G7 climate talks

President Trump has picked up his marbles, left the sandbox of the Paris Climate Accord, and gone home.

Ministers and European Union members pose for a family picture during the first day of two days of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Bologna, Italy, 11 June 2017.

In his remarks at the close of the talks, Minister of Economy Gian Luca Galletti from host Italy, said ministers "agreed on everything except for climate".

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.

As a result, the US said it would not join those sections of the communique on climate and multilateral development banks.

"I believe engaging in worldwide discussion is of the utmost importance to the United States when it comes to environmental issues", he said in the statement.

McKenna said the Paris agreement could create economic opportunities worth "in the tens of trillions of dollars". Since the world has already warmed about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit), the accord aims to ensure the threshold is not breached, with each nation setting goals to curb heat-trapping emissions.

France's environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, said he hoped many countries would follow France's lead in scaling up their pledges and accelerating the timetable on implementing Paris benchmarks in response to the US withdrawal. The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement which was signed by 195 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members.

Greenpeace's Jennifer Morgan, said: "Paris is non-negotiable and the leadership shown by the G6 countries, along with the cities, states and businesses in the USA in moving the agreement forward swiftly is fundamental".

In a statement the EPA said Pruitt had emphasised it was time to move forward and find ways to engage with other countries to protect and use USA natural resources.

The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China.

"But one thing is clear, the accord is irreversible non- negotiable and the only instrument for fighting climate change", he told reporters.

  • Zachary Reyes