Other G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Throws 'Tantrum' Over Climate Accord
Further isolating the United States as other world powers prepare to take on the crisis of climate change, President Donald Trump refused to commit to the landmark Paris Climate Agreement as the remaining G7 leaders reaffirmed their determination to implement the accord.
In what has been described as an “unusually frank statement,” the G7 Taormina Leaders’ Communiqué (pdf) released Saturday after the two-day meeting in Sicily, says that the U.S. 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.”
“Understanding this process,” the document continues, “the heads of state and of government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement.”
Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter to announce that he would “make a final decision on the Paris Accord next week,” but it was clear the U.S. president had been a substantial roadblock over the course of the summit.
“The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Saturday. “There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.”
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On those deliberations, The Guardian reported:
While not surprised, environmental groups expressed dismay over Trump’s recalcitrance.
The truncated six-page document (compared with last year’s 32-page tome), which outlines the industrialized nations’ top priorities, “offered only minimal language on climate change and energy,” the Union of Concerned Scientists noted.
Alden Meyer, a leading expert on the United Nation’s international climate negotiations process and director of strategy and policy with the organization, said that Trump’s “continued waffling on whether to stay in or withdraw from the Paris Agreement made it impossible to reach consensus at the Taormina summit on the need for ambitious climate action.”
But, Meyer continues, “he stands in stark isolation, as the leaders from Europe, Canada, and Japan have made it crystal clear they intend to fully implement their national commitments under the Paris Agreement and pursue efforts to decarbonize the global economy.”
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