Trump causes rift on climate change at G7 conference


"If Mr. Trump does decide to pull out, then it is going to make it more hard for us to proceed with the carbon pricing as Mr. Trudeau and the premiers have envisaged", said Colin Robertson, who is now a vice president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, in an interview with BNN Monday.

Informing of his intention to convene a dedicated climate summit in 2019 to reach the critical first review of implementation of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations chief called on all, including those who might hold divergent perspectives on climate change to engage with him on the way forward. "But vacuum can not exist in geostrategic dimensions", he said.

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which USA allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a US withdrawal.

In Taormina, Trump said he would not yet make a decision about whether the United States would remain in the Paris Agreement, or withdraw from it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of being US President Donald Trump's "mole" in Europe after leaked documents exposed the UK's attempts to weaken European Union policies to tackle climate change.

The reporter followed up, asking if Trump is still deciding on that question. He added that he hoped that despite Trump's choice, state and local governments and businesses would jump in to help in the climate fight. "It's the same with administrations".

He also said that he would engage more with Governments and major actors, including the coal, oil and gas industries, to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, and committed stronger support by the entire United Nations development system to Governments as they strive to meet climate commitments and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially at the country level.

The UN tweeted Guterres' remarks Wednesday in the wake of Trump's decision. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", he said. But afterward, leaders said Trump offered few assurances he would uphold commitments to carbon reductions made under the Obama administration. But neither should we remain in an agreement that would hamstring development of America's energy industry while China and India continue to build hundreds of coal-fired power plants. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

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"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics", read the summit's joint statement.

"But if any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course". "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

He explained that "the real danger is not the threat to one's economy that comes from acting". It is, instead, the risk to ones economy by failing to act.

U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants", including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark global agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

The United Nations accord, signed by 195 nations in late 2015, aims to limit global average temperature change to 2°C this century, translating into a roughly 80% economywide decarbonization goal for the 2050.

He pointed out the seriousness of climate change and said its effects were risky and they were accelerating.

"My door is open to all who wish to discuss the way forward, even those who might hold divergent perspectives", he said earlier in the address.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum, (CVF) representing 48 countries, said the deal was crucial to their survival.