Japan rejected as a pointless exercise pleas by France, Germany and Italy for it to pledge support for the Paris Agreement on climate change in a joint statement immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Washington was pulling out of the accord.
Joining other G7 environment chiefs at talks in Italy, French minister Nicolas Hulot said U.S. allies were determined not to let Trump's controversial climate stance "poison" cooperation on other ecological issues, and said the world could work around the USA position, even though it is a damaging one.
"I believe engaging in worldwide discussion is of the utmost importance to the United States when it comes to environmental issues", he said in the statement.
It is the first environment chiefs' meeting among the Group of Seven key industrial nations since U.S. President Donald Trump announced earlier this month his country's exit from the pact for setting an worldwide framework on the fight against global warming in and after 2020.
The top USA official at the meeting, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, left the meeting after only few hours of one-on-one talks held with his counterparts from Germany, Japan, and Britain.
A spokesman for Ms Hendricks said Germany would be looking for "something more concrete" from Mr Pruitt in terms of what the U.S. was going to do.
"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward", Pruitt said in a statement. "We have indicated a willingness to engage on an worldwide stage that stands to greatly benefit from American ingenuity, innovation, and advanced technologies". Energy ministers failed to agree to a common statement thanks to the US, leaving the Italian presidency to simply publish a chair summary.More news: Newt Gingrich Now Says the President "Technically" Can't Even Obstruct Justice
"G-7 countries have crucial roles and responsibilities to our own public opinion, to developing countries and to the planet", Italy's Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said at a two-day meeting of G-7 environmental chiefs in Italy. This was the fifth meeting of G-7, the group of richest capitalist countries in the world under the temporary annual presidency of Italy, during which the summit of heads of State or Government was held in the Sicilian town of Taormina on May 26th and 27th.
Trump, who has in the past dismissed climate change as a hoax, says the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost jobs, and put his country at a disadvantage to its competitors.
President Donald Trump announced the USA was withdrawing from the Paris accord earlier this month, framing it as a "reassertion of America's sovereignty". And Trudeau joined five other G7 country leaders in Italy on May 27 in an effort to persuade Trump to remain in the agreement.
The US is the world's second biggest polluter after China.
"We will meet the Paris standards, I believe, in the United States", he told a news conference.
Supporters of the Paris accord have called Trump's move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers of global warming.