Local governments seek to maintain climate agreement

At a meeting in Italy, environmental ministers from G-7 nations released a lengthy communique on climate change, including detailed commitments from each nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of their promises under the Paris deal.

President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the USA will withdraw from the Paris Agreement-adopted by almost 200 countries in 2015 and aimed at limiting global climate change-has created a sharp split between the United States and the other G7 countries on climate policy, which is on full display in the environment ministers' communique.

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

But earlier this month U.S. President Donald Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, drawing condemnation from other world leaders.

As of June 7, the U.S. Climate Alliance has amassed 12 states and Puerto Rico, collectively representing more than a hundred million Americans and a third of the U.S. GDP.

While the US signed on to the document, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt included an addendum that makes clear America will not participate in the Paris pact.

Instead, the USA was mentioned in a footnote touting its goals of a "strong" economy and "healthy" environment, and which implied it had already met climate goals.

While Trump's plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord might be good news for his supporters, it is bad news for US foreign policy.

German Chancellor Angele Merkel met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly after Trump returned to the US, and then with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Stiglitz said the rest of the world should impose a carbon adjustment tax on US exports that do not meet global standards.

The United States refused Monday to sign on to a Group of Seven pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

"Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted her statement regarding President Trumps decision to leave the Paris climate accord on her Web page: "...

Italy's Galletti said the United States was looking to take the climate change debate forward on a voluntary basis while Paris was a multilateral accord requiring monitoring, deadlines and transparency. The governor told the audience at a news conference that the United States still remains in the Paris agreement, despite Washington's withdrawal from the global accord.

She also said she told Pruitt that the accord is "not open for renegotiation, although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules". The decision was met with both praise and criticism, but despite the heated rhetoric, people living in the Plains states should be pleased with the president's choice to abandon this costly and burdensome agreement.

At the 22nd meeting of the conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called the COP22 process, 48 nations promised to cut their carbon emissions dramatically and rapidly and move to 100% renewable power.

  • Leroy Wright