Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States leaves G-7 peers to talk among themselves on Paris accord

United States leaves G-7 peers to talk among themselves on Paris accord

As at a meeting of G7 leaders attended by Trump in Sicily in May, the two-day meeting in Bologna ended with the United States disassociating itself from the final communique's section on climate change.

It also specifically noted President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally pull out of the landmark Paris agreement on climate change.

"The United States will continue to engage with key worldwide partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities, preserving both a strong economy and a healthy environment".

Mr Pruitt, who as Environmental Protection Agency administrator successfully campaigned for the United States to quit the landmark Paris climate agreement, will leave Bologna for a meeting with President Donald Trump just hours after arriving Sunday, according to a spokesman for the G-7 talks, Davide Russo.

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Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended the morning meeting in Bologna but flew back to the United States on Sunday evening to attend Trump's first full cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday.

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Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, who is leading the G-7 environment meeting in Bologna, said that despite the split, dialogue had to continue, including on other environmental issues such as ocean pollution.

The 2015 Paris agreement aims to prevent the Earth from heating up by 2C since the start of the industrial age. The remainder of the USA delegation were largely quiet, she said. "The global community awaits our message", he added.

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Trump has proposed renegotiating the Paris accord.

When announcing the US was pulling out of the Paris accord Trump said his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the deal or set up a new agreement on "terms that are fair to the United States".

While the US signed on to the document, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt included an addendum that makes clear America will not participate in the Paris pact.

In 2013, in his role as education secretary, Mr Gove was accused of trying to "airbrush" climate change from the national curriculum - but he told Good Morning Britain he "strengthened" the position of climate change on school syllabuses. But in spite of all the made-up hysteria about the Paris climate agreement, the Trump decision shouldn't be all that controversial.

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Since the Trump announcement on June 1, many states, including California and NY, and large numbers of us cities have said they intend to continue to enact policies aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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