G7 Italy summit ends without U.S. pledge on Paris climate pact

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt talks with Italy's Minister of the Environment Gian Luca Galletti during a summit of Environment ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations in Bologna Italy June11 2017

G7 Italy summit ends without U.S. pledge on Paris climate pact

The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China. "It was very sad to see the United States was relegated to a footnote on climate action".

MINISTERS from the Group of Seven (G7) countries on Monday agreed that the US stood apart from the other six countries on confronting climate change.

"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 the meeting coming just 10 days after President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the agreement, the six remaining countries are likely to have their work cut out persuading the U.S.to reverse the decision. The G7 Bologna talks are to wrap up on Monday. McKenna says Canada has no interest in renegotiating the Paris climate change agreement in order to bring the United States back on board. Energy ministers failed to agree to a common statement thanks to the USA, leaving the Italian presidency to simply publish a chair summary.

In a statement to Reuters, Pruitt stressed the need to move forward on environmental action following the announcement. Two years ago, the climate change holdouts were Japan, which had to turn to coal-fired power after shutting down its nuclear power plants because of the 2011 natural disaster, and Canada, which has since had a change of government.

"12 de junio de 2017, 16:36Rome, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Environment ministers from the G-7 countries reaffirmed today their commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, without the United States" support.

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

McKenna said she had told Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, how dismayed she was at Trump's decision. His aides stayed for the rest of the meeting.

Pruitt's departure comes just days after Trump announced the USA would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global pact created to fight against climate change. 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.

Trump cited the negative impact of the treaty on the USA auto industry, among many others. "Good, we're for that", Brown said in a speech closing out his trip at Tsinghua University in Beijing on 8 June.

President Barack Obama's voluntary US target under the Paris Agreement was to cut USA greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, partly by restricting coal-fired power plants.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers farewell remarks to State Department employees at the State Department in Washington. He added the "US is increasingly isolating itself" and leaving other countries to take the lead.

Merkel is playing host to the G20 meeting in July.

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