United States withdraw from the Paris Agreement

Posted June 14, 2017

BOLOGNA, Italy The United States refused to sign up to the Group of Seven major industrialized economies' statement on climate change and plans to fund sustainable development, a statement from the group's environment ministers said on Monday.

Pruitt, who as EPA chief successfully campaigned for the U.S.to quit the Paris climate agreement, was to leave Bologna, Italy, Sunday for a meeting with President Donald Trump, said a spokesman for the G-7 talks, Davide Russo.

Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Programme, said on Sunday that the six other G7 countries shared an "absolute determination" to keep climate action on track "whatever happens in the White House".

Pruitt, however, said in a statement he is "resetting the dialogue" on the topic, and believes that the "Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated".

MINISTERS from the Group of Seven (G7) countries on Monday agreed that the USA stood apart from the other six countries on confronting climate change.

In a statement the EPA said Pruitt had emphasized it was time to move forward and find ways to engage with other countries to protect and use US natural resources.

So, we must all redouble our efforts now, because as the Irish Environmental Pillar stated in condemning the Trump decision, 'We have a duty to generations to come to leave the planet in a condition that is fit for all life and not riven with starvation, refugee crises, water shortages and war'.

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

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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 the United States pointedly did not sign on.

At a meeting in Italy, environmental ministers from G-7 nations released a lengthy communique on climate change, including detailed commitments from each nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of their promises under the Paris deal.

In fact, the day after the president's announcement, a total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities signed on to what is in fact an "America First" climate pledge to see that the USA "remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions".

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said all seven countries had agreed on the need to take action but disappointment had been expressed at the USA decision to leave the Paris Accord. "At this point, if you know the U.S.is going to abstain from everything, then you want as big a possible a group of leaders or countries to sort of isolate the United States on this".

"President Trump's announced withdrawal [from the accord] has heightened the focus on this fundamental existential threat called global warming, called habitat destruction, called species extinction", Brown said in a speech.

But, 70 percent of Americans favor remaining in the Paris climate accord, 97 percent of our climate scientists, many of our elected officials - both Republican and Democrat - energy giants like Exxon Mobil and the birds and the bees all favor a viable planet.