Trump administration abstains from worldwide climate change pledge

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On Monday, the United States refused to sign onto a pledge at a G7 environment ministers' meeting calling the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attended the G7 meeting but left the summit one day early on Saturday, after other countries bashed Trump's decision to leave the Paris accord.

In a footnote to the G7 report, the USA said on Monday it would not join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint.

While acknowledging that Trump's ending of U.S. 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 development banks. He said the other G7 countries hoped to continue constructive dialogue with the U.S. but insisted on the Paris parameters.

"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress".

"The United States will continue to engage with key worldwide partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities", the communique read in a note. With a rogue superpower being led by a person who advocates numerous wrong solutions, perhaps there is a chance the rest of the world can unite to implement the correct ones.


Quizzed on Good Morning Britain about whether President Trump was wrong to withdraw from the accord, Mr Gove said: "Yes, I think he is wrong".

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said all seven countries had agreed on the need to take action but disappointment had been expressed at the US decision to leave the Paris Accord.

12 states and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing Carbon dioxide emission reduction goals (Green States).

Already through the first day of works, however, it was quite clear the rift on climate between the US and their major allies was much likely to remain unchanged. In it, the administration formally rejected both the Paris climate deal itself and the concept of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), global bodies through which developed countries funnel money to poorer nations to help them cut their pollution.

Environment ministers and officials from the Group of Seven are holding a two-day meeting in Bologna, ending today, to discuss issues including climate change and litter at sea. And that's where things get interesting - will the United States abstain on climate change again, but this time not with Pruitt on stage but rather with President Trump there?

"We are all looking for American leadership", Solheim said, according to Bloomberg. "At this point, if you know the U.S.is going to abstain from everything, then you want as big a possible a group of leaders or countries to sort of isolate the United States on this".

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