United States allies determined to sidestep Trump on climate


Presenting the communique Monday, Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, called the Paris accord "irreversible, non-negotiable and the only instrument possible to combat climate change".

The meeting of environment ministers from the G7 countries just concluded in Bologna, Italy, with a joint communique on a range of environmental issues, but with separate lengthy chapters on climate change and the role of multilateral development banks that were not endorsed by the United States.

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

The U.S. abstained from sections of a Group of Seven (G7) communiqué related to climate change action, the Paris climate agreement and worldwide development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.

Other countries initially opposed the US proposal to include a footnote on its different climate change position, arguing that footnotes are for facts, according to the G6 delegate. But to get more renewable energy online is mostly a local decision. Environmental groups already have challenged some of the regulatory reforms pushed by the Trump administration and Congress using the Paris accord, the UNFCCC and other initiatives as the legal basis for these court challenges.

Gove, who has himself come under criticism for voting against measures to prevent climate change, said the Paris Accord was "a significant step forward". Fracking will continue to reduce American emissions during Trump's presidency, just as it did during his predecessor's, and now that we've abandoned the predominant worldwide climate strategy, grassroots alternatives will benefit from more time, money, and attention from greens.

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Kerry, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, said during a visit to Oslo that many USA companies, states and cities were pushing ahead with restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions despite Trump's pro-coal policies.

"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. "We have to wake up our countrymen - in fact, the world", he added.

The final version of the communiqué still references this decline - by 0.03 percent in 2015 compared to 1994, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration - but only as an example of how the U.S. will "continue to demonstrate through action", without saying the U.S. was "leading".

The Paris accord is aimed at capping the increase in global temperatures at two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. "Everyone expressed their deep disappointment with the US decision", she said.

Der Spiegel reported that United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were also wavering from making a strong statement in support of the Paris Agreement to avoid alienating Donald Trump. McKenna says Canada has no interest in renegotiating the Paris climate change agreement in order to bring the United States back on board.