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G7 Italy summit ends without United States pledge on Paris climate pact

G7 Italy summit ends without United States pledge on Paris climate pact”

It was during this trip; Brown stressed upon California's independence on climate change.

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) - Top environment officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met Sunday in Italy amid ongoing differences between the US and other members of the club over how to deal with climate change.

Iowa City and Johnson County have united with other local governments nationwide to continue climate-change action.

However, the USA refused to sign a joint statement on climate change with the other G7 countries.

"The U.S.is now left as a footnote to climate action and that's very sad", said Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

The U.S. said it would not sign up to a pledge by Italy, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany which called the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change "irreversible" and key for the "security and prosperity of our planet".

"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.

It also specifically noted President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally pull out of the landmark Paris agreement on climate change. The president is moving more of the job of combating the possible effects of global warming to the USA private sector and the laboratory of the states, where it properly belongs.

The latest environment statement cemented Washington's new position as a lone wolf in a group of seven economies.

"We confirmed it is the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change".

The Plains states will benefit greatly from the president's decision to leave the Paris agreement, including fewer burdensome regulations, more choices for consumers, lower energy and food prices, additional jobs and greater economic freedom.

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German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said all seven countries had agreed on the need to take action but disappointment had been expressed at the US decision to leave the Paris Accord.

"The United States has always been a world leader when it comes to environmental stewardship", Pruitt said in a statement.

In Italy over the weekend, McKenna met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and said she "made it clear that the Paris Agreement is not open for renegotiation". His aides stayed for the rest of the meeting. The group says that it represents 120 million Americans and $6.2 trillion in contributions to the US economy.

It was an uphill slog. The real driver behind dropping US emissions has been the shale boom, which has unlocked vast quantities of cheap shale gas that has displaced coal as the country's dominant source of energy.

States, cities, businesses, philanthropies, and universities have vowed to fill the void that the US federal government makes if it departs from the accord or ignores its voluntary targets: a 26 to 28-percent reduction in the country's carbon emissions by 2025, relative to 2005 levels, and further cuts thereafter.

In a footnote to the communique, the United States said it wouldn't join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint. "We have to wake up our countrymen - in fact, the world", he added. To meet the carbon-dioxide emissions targets, the United States would have to significantly cut back its use of traditional energy resources, including oil and natural gas, hurting the economies of many Midwestern and Western states.

Ford affirmed its position that "climate change is real", saying it remains "deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities".

"The Forum continues to provide an opportunity to work with the administration and other corporate leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry". She said Canada remains "deeply disappointed" in the US move to abandon the accord, and that it was "very sad" to see the Americans reduced "to a footnote on climate actions".

Kerry noted that the formal withdrawal process from the Paris Agreement will last four years from the date it entered into force, on November 4, 2016.

OTTAWA-The Prime Minister's Office is disputing a report in a German magazine that described Justin Trudeau's concern about "provoking" the United States for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.



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