Trump's Paris decision is a boon for Plains states
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 13:21
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 acknowledging that Trump's ending of United States financing for developing countries affected by climate change was an important setback, he said France and other countries were looking at ways of compensating through multilateral banks.
"We the United States of America continue to demonstrate through action, having reduced our Carbon dioxide footprint as demonstrated by achieving pre-1994 Carbon dioxide levels domestically", reads the administration's position statement, which was included as a footnote of the G7 communique.
The momentum of climate change efforts and the affordability of cleaner fuels will keep the United States moving toward its goals of cutting emissions despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris global accord, business and government leaders in a growing alliance said Tuesday.
However, the USA refused to sign a joint statement on climate change with the other G7 countries.
Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended the morning meeting in Bologna but flew back to the United States on Sunday evening to attend Trump's first full cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday.
Regardless of whether Trump is able to negotiate what he views as an accord that is more favorable to the U.S., the stocks of United States listed energy companies and other businesses supporting greenhouse gas reduction are poised to see some upside.
"We're absolutely committed to climate action and the Paris agreement and we've been extremely vocal about this", McKenna said, adding that she made this position clear in her bilateral discussion with her American counterpart, Scott Pruitt, at the meeting.
Trump calls the pact unfair to the USA, saying it would hurt the economy while doing next to nothing to prevent global warming.
Ministers from the six countries expressed dismay at Washington's decision to leave the accord and the meeting, which will be held through Monday, now focuses on how they can continue to promote the agreement. "Good, we're for that", Brown said in a speech closing out his trip at Tsinghua University in Beijing on 8 June.
"The prime minister does not oppose the Paris agreement from being discussed at the G20".
"The transition to a low-carbon economy is on the march and it has an irreversible dynamic, including in the United States", he said in comments that played on the name of Macron's Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) party. 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. "It neither makes nor breaks the Paris accord", the official, who asked to remain anonymous since he was not authorised to speak, told America the day after the president announced his decision. During Secretary of Defense James Mattis' confirmation process, he stated that "climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today" and that it "is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of-government response". Instead, the USA should be joining the co-signers of the accord, nearly every other country in the world has, to keep further temperature rise as low as possible to limit the severe harms that warming causes.